Monday, December 08, 2014

shuttle maniac

old& new
double shuttles for silk weaving. the new one is hasegawa san's. the old one probably too or by one of his ancestors as he is third generation shuttle maker. my friend amanda, whose kindness is overwhelming, offered to buy me one when she was in kyoto last month. she then found a place that sold second hand weaving tools and  got me the old one as a gift. seriously, i am having my will written so i can leave all my shuttles to someone. japanese shuttles are designed for hand weaving, not adapted from the industry, so they feel great in the hand and have the precise weight. one has to remember that in the beginning there was hand weaving and then much much later came the rest.(*▽*)

threading order                  threading mechanism
threading  mechanism

threading hook

threading 101 using the  threading wire. it has a small eye 
through which the silk yarn is threaded. i just love the ingenuity of the system. the prove it works is that it has been used forever by the  handweavers in nishijin.

neki desu
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  1. I've never seen shuttles like those! Ingenious. Of course.

  2. Love that tensioning device and its perfect hook!

  3. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Fabulous objects! I love seeing how little the new one has changed from the old design.


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