2008 Weave of the week #4: Sakiori mat
August 24, 2008

Sakiori mat

Sakiori mat

This small, tightly woven mat from Japan has rag wefts made from recycled cotton textiles, a technique called Sakiori (“tear and weave”). I have seen jackets, vests, and obis woven with this technique, sometimes using recycled kimono silk, but I especially love the irregularity and unselfconscious imperfection (I think the Japanese call it shibui) of this piece.

I bought the mat from a shop that specializes in Japanese folk art. The shop’s co-owner was so inspired by Japanese textiles that she bought a loom and set herself to learn some of the classic Japanese folk techniques. There are some Sakiori pieces in the shop (Old Japan, in Lenox, Massachusetts), and there are other interesting Japanese textiles on the website, http://www.oldjapaninc.com.

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