Thursday, January 5, 2017

Okinawan Weaving Class

The second craft class I took in Naha was a weaving class.  I made a "tea mat", like a coaster but a little bigger. This type of weaving and cloth was once reserved for the royalty of the Ryukyus.  I took the class at the Naha City Traditional Arts and Craft Center.  On a previous trip to Okinawa, I took a glass blowing class at this center.  See the last half of this post.   



 For this class, I chose colors and a pattern and one of the weavers from the studio showed me how to make the pattern, then stood nearby to make sure I did it correctly. Can you see the pattern of the raised white threads?  If I had the space, I would love to have a loom and take up weaving. 



My finished tea mat.



12 comments:

  1. A lovely piece. The colors are beautiful.

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  2. Hi Pamela,wow this is a lovely mat,how clever to weave your own ,love the colours.

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  3. It's gorgeous, Pamela ! And so precious, as you weaved it yourself...

    In stitches,
    Nadine

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  4. That is beautiful weaving, Pamela. Great results for a class project.
    Weaving is fascinating.

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  5. Just gorgeous. I have always wanted to weave. the best I can do is to have made a loom out of a picture frame and went from there. Of course I don't have room for a proper loom nor the funds to buy one. I always have to weigh the cost against what I would do with all the items I weaved. What is wrong with me, I don't know. I should just be able to take joy in a project but my personality requires me to have a purpose, so to speak.

    I absolutely love your mat.
    xx, Carol

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  6. WOW! That is really beautiful. No wonder the royals wanted to be the only ones to have such beauty!
    Weaving is relaxing, but can be a bit boring, too, I think.

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  7. wow!!!!!! this work is fantastic!!!!! congratulations!!!!!!

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  8. That is beautiful - your mat. I was able to play at weaving at our State Fair last Summer. I think it is fascinating. Your mat is so pretty

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  9. That is beautiful Pamela, inspiring stuff.

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  10. How wonderful! Your little mat is beautiful.

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  11. This such a beauty, Pamela. And the weaving pattern seems to be very old, which makes the piece even more precious.

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