2009 Weave of the week #5: Yoshitaka Yanagi

Handwoven by Yoshitaka Yanagi

Handwoven by Yoshitaka Yanagi

Not only is this 36″-square piece of handwoven Japanese cotton fabric  an interesting textile, but it has a pedigree. It was handwoven by Yoshitaka Yanagi (1911-2003),  a well-known Japanese weaver and textile educator.

Mr. Yanagi was the nephew of Soetsu Yanagi, who started the Mingei (Folkcraft) movement in the 1920s, founded the Japanese Folkcraft Museum in Tokyo, and is the author of the classic “The Unknown Craftsman, A Japanese Insight into Beauty.”

Yoshitaka Yanagi, like his uncle, was involved with crafts throughout his life; as a weaver, as a university educator for more than 30 years, and as a scholar who researched and wrote about Okinawan textiles.

The fabric shown above is an elegantly simple design that was woven on four harnesses in tabby variations. There are two main and three accent colors, and the sett is approximately 60 x 60. As far as I can tell, the weaving, including selvedges, is perfect. This is another “find” from my friends at Old Japan (http://www.oldjapaninc.com),  so I trust the provenance.

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2 Responses

  1. You’re very welcome, Eva. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  2. The serene simplicity is so beautiful. I love Japanese art in all forms. Being a great fan of Akira Kurosawa, I recently saw ‘Sanjuro’ and marvelled at the balance and beauty of each frame. Thanks for showcasing this lovely piece.

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