These special moons are made with an unexpected cloth-a coarse homespun cotton cloth that had a layer of silk mawata stretched across it. I wondered…
Mawata is made from silk cocoons that are softened with hot water and soda ash before stretching them out on a frame. We also know them here as silk hankies. They can be used to spin silk yarn or are often used as quilt batting by stretching 50-100 cocoons into a thick, yet lightweight, layer of wonderful silk batting!
After asking around, the best answer I could find was that the silk mawata was there to help keep the two cloths together so the exterior and interior fabrics wouldn’t slip around. Another use for silk!
I put a dozen of these into the shop.
On the shibori side of things, Asiadyer sent me a couple of images of some shibori scraps he came across. They are a great little study in double arashi. Wrapping my mind around the concept, and the cloth around a pole, I made an attempt. I will make some adjustments and have another go at it. The result I got started out ok, but the second wrapping did not achieve the result I was looking for. Even still, some shibori was made!
These things drive me a bit crazy until I figure them out…
And yes, it’s February! We welcome the approaching Spring, warmer weather, and February moons for the circle. I chose and cut the fabric today. One is some fabulous kimono silk woven and dyed on Amami Oshima. Indigo, tannin and mud dyed then painstakingly woven. Even a small scrap is a treasure. The other is the leftover cloth from a dress I made from a repurposed meisen silk kimono a few years ago.
Links to my previous posts about dyeing and weaving on Amami oshima here and here.
If you want to sign up for the 2023 Moon Circle…here’s the link.
i love that the double arashi looks woven
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I like it too. I want to figure out the original too. That’s what I do love about shibori. It is endless wondering!
How fascinating that bit about the batting is!! Wow, that’s a lot of silk cocoons! The moons are beautiful. The Meisen moons are so cheerful 🙂
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I learned the batting method in Japan. I taught it in a couple of workshops. It’s fun and participants find it fascinating.
The obi shuns are so delicious, the texture and the mixture of fibers…..what wonderful textured moons they must be!!!
My January Moon arrived. plus the silk addition and I love it, thank you. Sandy W.
How are you doing?
Just wondered if you have your 2023 summer workshop planned?
I am tentatively traveling the week of july 28-aug 5 on the mainland and wondered if you are planning any in person or online workshops this summer. I was thinking of stopping at john wayne airport if you are before heading home to hawaii.
I wanted to go to japan with you folks again in May but i dont think its working out.
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I swore I placed an order with you, but now I can’t locate it did you receive one from me? A Shikoku moon and some cloth etc