2008 Weave of the week #19: Weaving with kimono strips

Woven with wovens

Woven with wovens

This 8″x10″ bag was created by Alex, a California fiber artist. I lost track of  her when our paths stopped crossing at craft shows, so I don’t know whether she is still making wonderful objects out of strips of recycled kimonos or not. (Update: Yes she is, and the new work is stunning. You can see it at www.alexclothing.com.) Cheers!

To make the bag shown above,  she  interwove padded  strips of silk and antique kimonos. The  centers of the squares are stitched with silk thread in a horizontal-vertical order that echoes the tabby weave of the larger design . Many of the strips  have subtle woven or kasuri-dyed motifs that blend into a harmonious brown whole when they are woven together. The reverse side of the bag is a single piece of simple pinstriped silk fabric that perfectly complements the dominant front.

This is a bag that I contemplate  and treasure, but probably will never use.


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