Vol.15 Kumejima tsumugi, Okinawa | 沖縄, 久米島紬~織編

Japan | 日本,Okinawa | 沖縄

Okinawa has many traditional crafts. Kumejima tsumugi is characterized by its simple texture dyed with island plants and mud, and by the process in which a single weaver does all the work. He raises silkworms, spins threads, gathers plants and trees from Kume Island to make dyes, draws designs, binds the kasuri, dyes the threads, and weaves the cloth.
The mind-boggling process is carried out by a single person.

染めの次はコースターの織物体験。まずは織りたい文様を選ぶ。私は小鳥(トリグゥー)にした。Next to dyeing, we will experience weaving coasters. First, you choose the pattern you want to weave. I chose a small bird (trigu).

The warp threads are already set on the loom, so we are taught to fold the weft threads.Pat, ton, pat, ton, pat, ton.

素朴な風合いのコースターができました〜^ ^

Thread the yarn from right to left, and repeat the patting (changing the thread up and down by rearranging the legs) and thumping (pushing the thread through).
At the point where the pattern of “trigoo" appears, the yarn is changed to a special yarn. This yarn is dyed white so that the bird design will appear in white. A drawing is made to determine the position of the pattern in the width of a few centimeters, and the thread is tied so that the white is removed.
Weaving one by one, the pattern comes out beautifully. If the pattern is a little off, the weaver returns to the drawing and weaves again with a clap, thump, and thump.
A coaster with a rustic texture was created.

Kumejima tsumugi silk