Tuesday Temari Balls 17 – le palle temari sul Internet

November 30, 2010

Ciao, tutti!

Ho trovato due siti sul Internet: http://fukushimaku.blogspot.com e www.masayume.it  Descrivono (in breve) le sfere fatte dei fili colorati di seta. Sappiamo che non si getta mai i kimono e altri tessuti preziosi in Giappone – il riciclaggio si trova nella tutta la lunga storia dei tessuti giapponese: i fili sono usati ancora nella tessitura come zanshi e per cucire nelle palle temari. I pezzi di tessitura si trovano nei meibutsugire – quelle borse della cerimonia giapponese del te’. La storia di sashiko e’ fascinante anche – il commercio dei pezzi di cotone (per riciclare i fili di cotone) fra le citta’ come Kyoto e Edo (Tokio) e la campagna nel ottocento. Oggi in Giappone e nel’Occidente, si usa i fili di cotone (mercerised cotton) per le palle temari. La seta si vende anche per il kumihimo e i yubinuki (ditali giapponesi). Perche’ il riciclaggio dei tessuti in Giappone? Il risposto e’, per me, molto semplice, questo lungo “viaggio” da kimono a patchwork a stracci, ogni filo. Chi, nell’epoca quando tutti i tessuti erano fatti da mano, vuole (o pensa di) gettare un abito o una tessuto o un pezzzo di tessitura, fatto da mano dalla sua propria suocera? 

Seguo  il sito Flickr dove si trova una bella collezione di palle temari, fatte di una maestra americana, nata in Italia, <wowbosco> a http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloria_a

Nella comunita’ mondiale delle palle temari, abbiamo quelli che le cuciono in Africa Australe, Australia, Cipro, Francia, Inghilterra, Giappone, Stati Uniti, Uruguay. Forse in Italia anche, non so – ancora…    Valentina Sardu ha scritto un libro, Foulard creativi (Marco Valerio Edizioni): http://foulardcreativi.wordpress.com  I giapponesi scropono anche, nei negozi di Tokio, le possibilita’ ecologiche dei furoshiki.

Alla prossima volta, ciao!

Temari in Italy and in Italian is an unknown quantity. Two Internet sites make brief mention of things temari. Sardu’s brilliant website and book on the ecological potential of furoshiki bring to mind the long history of recycling in Japanese textiles. Not too long ago – and we mustn’t overlook the fact that most Japanese were dirt poor during the severe economic times of the 1920s and 1930s and that things only really recovered in the post-war boom of the late 1950s – all textiles were made by hand. So it’s hardly surprising that worn kimono were recycled into other garments, eventually becoming rags and even single threads. Left-over threads were randomly (though not so randomly given the Japanese penchant for order and symmetry) woven into zanshi cloth; there was a massive trade, by ship and rail in the 19th century, between the city and the country when hugely expensive second-hand cotton garments from the city were bought by country peasants to recycle into agricultural work clothes (witness the illustrious history of sashiko). Classic examples of great Chinese textiles (meibutsugire) found their way into the patchwork tea-caddy bags of the Japanese tea ceremony. This recycling and potential for ecological use of textiles is reprised in Valentina Sardu’s book on furoshiki; furoshiki are even making a comeback in Tokyo these days for these reasons. When asked why the Japanese were so keen on recycling, I remind them that since your mother-in-law was the one most likely responsible for your sewing education (perhaps reversing all the techniques taught to you by your mother, since you lived after marriage in your  husband’s home), who would dare think of ‘throwing away’ an article of hand-woven textile made by your own mother-in-law? Would you even live to tell the tale?

Till next time!

 

 

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