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Re: straw rain poncho

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  • Michael
    http://www.buyubooks.com/product_details.cfm?id=10505 it doesn t show how to make it but you can purchase one here.. Taisho ... their ... inclusive in ...
    Message 1 of 9 , Aug 1, 2004
      it doesn't show how to make it but you can purchase one here..


      --- In sca-jml@yahoogroups.com, Dean Wayland <dean@t...> wrote:
      > Otagiri-dono,
      > You wrote:
      > > My japanese googling is improving, here are some links:
      > >
      > > http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/MUSEUM/zissyuu2/Mino1.html
      > > http://www4.ocn.ne.jp/~gensifu/minoi_tem.htm
      > >
      > > Straw boots and mino(waragutsu)
      > > http://plaza14.mbn.or.jp/~buneido/waragutsu.html
      > Thought that you might find this info useful:
      > Last year I bought the mino from shop-japan, it comes as shown on
      > website, that is complete with a kasa and a set of waraji
      inclusive in
      > the price. Trouble is, its very bulky and so the shipping was
      high, but
      > for myself as I have zero DIY skills, it was worth every penny to
      > For you and yours it may well be worth it for the pattern info
      > You might be able to persuade them to sell you just the mino at a
      > reduced rate, if you have no use for the kasa and waraji.
      > The mino I got is of the "doumino" type, covering the shoulders
      and the
      > back only. It is intended to reach the calves of a Japanese person,
      > where as on me it is a little shorter, which effectively turns it
      in to
      > a "katamino" type (the shorter version of a doumino). The other
      types of
      > common mino are:
      > marumino: covers the shoulders and whole torso
      > koshimino: covers the waist and hips only
      > seimino: covers the shoulders and top of back only
      > minoboushi: covers the head and top of torso only
      > I have no idea if any of these other forms are available from shop-
      > japan.
      > Mine is constructed in horizontal 3" wide bands, each one tightly
      > to the one below. This is only visible on the inside. Its about an
      > or so thick. A folded double length of straw cord forms the neck
      > from which the rest hangs. The shoulder has four bands the body
      > has another five below those. The loose hanging fibres of the
      > bands extend about another 12" from the bottom edge of the shoulder
      > portion, and about 24" from the bottom of the body panel.
      > At the neck the fibres are turned back on themselves over the
      doubled up
      > cord, to form a second outside layer. Here these visible outside
      > horizontal bands which only affix the outer layer to itself, that
      > they are not woven to the main body, start with two that are only
      > apart and then another one which is about an 1" below these. Again
      > loose fibres that hang from the bottom band are about 12" long.
      You can
      > see similar features on the images you found on the web.
      > The doubled up cord around the neck forms a loop and two of the
      > ties used to secure it. There is a 1.5" loop at the left side of
      > neck opening with a knot to stop it from being pulled inside the
      > formed by the fibres of the body. The other ends form two ties
      > from the right side of the neck, likewise with a knot. The other
      > ties are attached to the sides of the body panel, starting at the
      > and rising up the edge for about 6", where they then separate from
      > body and extend for about 18", forming a tie just under each
      > To put it on, pass the ties at the right side of your neck through
      > loop, pull it until it closes up then you take one towards your
      > armpit, and tie it to that sides cord. Repeat on the other side,
      > you're in!
      > The ties are like those of waraji, made of tightly bound straw, so
      > not recommend a knot, just wrap it around itself multiple times,
      so you
      > don't break the fibres. Mine is still in one piece after a year,
      but you
      > will find that each time you use it, it will shed fur just like a
      > so be prepared to clean up behind you!
      > Incidentally these items are still being made, because they can be
      > as "love tokens", isn't that sweet:-)
      > The kasa that comes with it, is the type with it's "bones" being
      made of
      > plastic rather than bamboo and the resulting flat top at the
      centre is
      > covered with a square of white cloth. But the waraji were fine,
      but a
      > bit on the small side, so my other half swiped them for her kit:-)
      > BTW to use the kasa you'll need an atamadai, which in this set is
      > included in the price. For those of you who don't know, this is the
      > little straw lining ring with a pair of loops, that you tie in to
      > top of the kasa and then add a chin tie to. Shop-japan sell spare
      > atamadai for an extra 350 yen, again a great pattern for the DIY
      > Anyway, I hope you find this ramble of some use, or at least just
      > Yours
      > Dean
      > Dean Wayland
      > http://www.thefightschool.demon.co.uk
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