Thursday, February 14, 2008


Nishijin hikizurashi kasuri is woven in the weaving district of Kyoto. The dyed warp is threaded through an unusual apparatus similar to a ladder (hashigo) that is mounted on the loom.

The warp is shifted by threading through the various levels of the ladder thus creating different patterns.

The yarn doesn't hav
to be elaborately
tied or dyed.

The shifting can result in many different patterns.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Joan, thanks fo the wonderfully detailed post...the phots and sketch were also very informative!

Alinda said...

Oh my gosh! I was just stumbling around on the internet and found your book. Congratulations! I just ordered a copy. I can't wait to get it! I was a student of yours around 1990 I guess. I still have all of the books from your classes! It can be a small world sometimes.....
Best Wishes!
Alinda (Butz) Heron

:Diane said...

I did this shifting once by mistake. I wound the warp onto my folding Baby Wolf while it was folded and when it was woven the design was shifted at an angle every 8 threads - it was a straight draw.
Great effect.