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  • Stephen Higa
    Lady Fujiwara: I thought I read something on your website about tye-died indigo fabrics. I couldn t find it again, however, so I was wondering whether you
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      Lady Fujiwara:

      I thought I read something on your website about tye-died indigo fabrics. I
      couldn't find it again, however, so I was wondering whether you said it was
      or was not period; namely, 16th c. I'm making a peasant's coat (with many
      patches and utilitarian--not decorative--stitching all over it), and found a
      scrap of the stuff at a Japanese fabric store . . . would it be appropriate
      to use it, or should I hold off?

      Oh, also: I recently picked up a book, "Popular Songs and Ballads of Han
      China" by Anne Birrell. I haven't read it yet, but the book summary says
      "In this study, one of the leading specialists in classical Chinese
      literature introduces readers to a repertoire of seventy-seven songs and
      ballads (yueh-fu) of early imperial China [the Han Dynasty lasted from 202
      BC to AD 220]. Each song-text is
      newly translated and fully annotated and explicated. Anne Birrell deals
      systematically with problems of the earliest sources, attribution, textual
      variants, meter, and structure. Her introductory essay provides a valuable
      sociohistorical context for this material." It doesn't appear that she
      talks too much about the actual music, but rather talks about the genre and
      specific examples in the same way many studies deal with British folk
      ballads.
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      Well! let¹s go
      snow-viewing till
      we tumble!

      --Matsuo Basho
    • Kass McGann
      I thought I read something on your website about tye-died indigo fabrics. I couldn t find it again, however, so I was wondering whether you said it was or was
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 16, 2001
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        I thought I read something on your website about tye-died indigo fabrics. I
        couldn't find it again, however, so I was wondering whether you said it was
        or was not period; namely, 16th c. I'm making a peasant's coat (with many
        patches and utilitarian--not decorative--stitching all over it), and found a
        scrap of the stuff at a Japanese fabric store . . . would it be appropriate
        to use it, or should I hold off?
        >>>>
        Sashiko, quilting done with primarily indigo-dyed fabric dates to the 18th
        century. Shibori, Japanese stitch-resist "tie-dye" was done since very
        early times indeed. I can document it to at least the 7th century in Japan.
        It was not used as clothing decoration in my period (Heian 794-1172), but it
        was used as such before and after that period. We Heian nobles thought it
        beneath us and only used it for temple decorations and furnishings. The
        peasants did shibori, you see... ;)
        >>>>
        Oh, also: I recently picked up a book, "Popular Songs and Ballads of Han
        China" by Anne Birrell. I haven't read it yet, but the book summary says
        "In this study, one of the leading specialists in classical Chinese
        literature introduces readers to a repertoire of seventy-seven songs and
        ballads (yueh-fu) of early imperial China [the Han Dynasty lasted from 202
        BC to AD 220]. Each song-text is
        newly translated and fully annotated and explicated. Anne Birrell deals
        systematically with problems of the earliest sources, attribution, textual
        variants, meter, and structure. Her introductory essay provides a valuable
        sociohistorical context for this material." It doesn't appear that she
        talks too much about the actual music, but rather talks about the genre and
        specific examples in the same way many studies deal with British folk
        ballads.
        >>>>
        Wonderful!

        Fujiwara no Aoi
      • Stephen Higa
        ... drat drat drat! How did they repair clothing before that, and make use of precious rags (whether from bast fibers or the scarce remnants of cotton)? Or
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          > Sashiko, quilting done with primarily indigo-dyed fabric dates to the 18th
          > century.

          drat drat drat! How did they repair clothing before that, and make use of
          precious rags (whether from bast fibers or the scarce remnants of cotton)?
          Or when clothes got raggedy did they just make new ones?
          It looks so cool and wabi-sabi...Ah, well. I'll use the jacket for mundane
          wear, then. ;)

          > Shibori, Japanese stitch-resist "tie-dye" was done since very
          > early times indeed. I can document it to at least the 7th century in Japan.
          > It was not used as clothing decoration in my period (Heian 794-1172), but it
          > was used as such before and after that period.

          Well at least THAT part's period.

          > We Heian nobles thought it
          > beneath us and only used it for temple decorations and furnishings. The
          > peasants did shibori, you see... ;)

          Ah, but of course. :)

          BTW--I'm taking a Japanese History course this semester!

          Moshe
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          One¹s inner lake is calm from lack of wind, its glassy surface undisturbed.
          And this is a perfect mirror for the Divine Radiance!
          --from ha-Sefer Matsa', by Moshe ibn Yishma'el (12th c.)
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