Wednesday 3 March 2010

Uchishiki Lining (2)

Yesterday I caught the light on the lining just so and suddenly saw the whole pattern. Today I wandered round the house, trying out various light sources. Ended up in front of a window at a low angle and here it is. This is the best I can do.

I have had an email back from Ichiroya saying he agreed with me re the rayon-ness of this lining and says

From around Taisho era, jinken(rayom) was often used for kimonos and
other fabrics, which were silk. Maru obi is often woven with silk and
jinken(rayon) blend, so that the lining of vintage uchishiki is rayon is
not special case, we think.
It might be the original lining ( we are not sure though ).
The Taisho period is 1912 to 1926. My textile expert says that rayon was highly regarded in the 1930s which would fit.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.