Kumihimo and temari are my main preoccupations, but I’ve come to appreciate that no single Japanese textile tradition exists in isolation – that they are all linked. So I’m doing what I can to learn about the totality of Japanese textiles. I’ve been on the journey for a while now so look out for posts referring to Aizome/Indigo, Banana Fibre,  Chiyogami paper, all the way through the Japanese textile alphabet, via Katazome, Kogin, Nambuhishizashi, Sakiori, Sashiko, Shibori and Shifu.

I’m an ordinary Australian interested mostly in the ‘making’ of Japanese textiles for its own sake; for me, the outcome or what I ‘do’ with them is largely superfluous. I’m neither interested in traditional publishing (editors seem to remove the hints and tips and turn what’s serious into something fluffy) nor teaching much (far too laborious and everyone wants ‘instant’ these days – and there’s nothing gained in Japanese craft without struggle), nor making money (there’s enough commoditisation in the art/craft world and the race for money seems to play havoc with the energy needed to develop an aesthetic). No, for me, it’s a form of Buddhist sitting meditation. The textiles are gloriously rich, as well as being sober and simple, but are ultimately as insubstantial as the threads from which they are made.

All the commentary is personal and all the photos are taken by me. No plagiarism (where I quote others, I’ll mention the source), no infringing on the copyright of others.

I’m indebted to the Japanese men and women, many mostly without name, who have created these textile wonders down through the ages – and work at them still -, as well as to my teachers and friends in the ‘jtex’ community. Domo arigato gozaimasu!

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Christine Kellogg Says:

    Good Morning, from a sunny spot near Washington, DC, USA. I recently discovered your blog after being pointed here to look at the Kumihimo which have Haiku woven in to them (spectacular). I study Japanese Embroidery in the USA, and there’s also a rather active group of folks in Australia studying this. Always looking to learn more about Japanese textiles – this is a great blog, thanks!

    Christine in Northern Virginia, USA

    • rodbyatt Says:

      Thanks. I’m completely in awe of anyone doing Japanese embroidery (including goldwork) having visited the Embroidery Museum in Kyoto and watched a National Living Treasure from Japan at work at an exhibition/demo here in Sydney. I am aware of a small number of specialists in other cities – Adelaide and also Brisbane. I almost enrolled in a 5-day course in Brisbane a while back. I’m glad the braided kana are of interest; I’ve posted today something on waka poetry… and I need to retrieve the aforesaid braid, hidden away in my stash somewhere!


  2. Hi!

    I discovered your blog while writing an article about Okayama’s denim history. I used your picture of Sanada himo and I linked it to your blog. You can check the article here: http://www.overlymanlystyle.com/why-the-hell-is-kojima-the-world-capital-of-denim/

    Let me thank you for writing such precise articles, and it feels good to read a fellow non-japanese based in Japan writing about stuff that other people don’t necessarily cover.

    Keep up the good work!


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