1st Edition

Japanese Ikat Weaving The Techniques of Kasuri

By Jun Tomita, Noriko Tomita Copyright 1982

    First Published in 1982, Japanese Ikat Weaving offers a professional approach to the subject, presented with great clarity and precision. Japanese Ikat weaving, also known as Kasuri, is the technique by which lengths of yarn are tied and dyed before weaving. Patterns created with this technique are unique and its popularity is increasing among weavers, craftsmen and textile designers in all parts of the world. The authors give an account of the history of Kasuri and describes the regional technical differences of its use in Japan. They deal in detail with the actual techniques of various types of weft and warp Kasuri; each sequence is explained clearly and concisely, using many diagrams. Kasuri and indigo are inseparable in Japanese Ikat weaving and the final section is therefore devoted to a discussion of indigo dyeing. This is an interesting read for students of textile design, fashion design and Japanese culture.

    Preface and Acknowledgements Part I: Introduction to Kasuri 1. Kasuri and ikat 2. Japanese kasuri Part II: Classification of Kasuri 1. By the direction in which the tide- dyed yarn is applied 2. By color 3. By technique 4. By place of production 5. By design Part III: Uses of Kasuri Material 1. Kimono 2. Futon 3. Other uses Part IV: Weft Kasuri 1. The basic technique 2. Making patterns for weft kasuri 3. Picture kasuri Part V: Warp Kasuri 1. The basic technique 2. Method for winding a warp on single handed 3. Making patterns for warp kasuri Part VI: Indigo 1. Indigofera Anil L 2. Indigo in Japan 3. The preparation of natural indigo by the old method 4. Dyeing of cotton with synthetic indigo 5. Dyeing of wool with synthetic indigo Bibliography Index


    Jun Tomita and Noriko Tomita