Wave Wefting Apr12

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Wave Wefting

Reeds or yarn-guides are loom components essential to the weaving process; they maintain an even spacing or 'dent' between the wefts and also serve to tamp each weft down evenly across the full width of the fabric. Set in a flat comblike panel, reeds are sometimes used to create a crisp, wavy warp pattern in summer kimono and sashes.

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NUNO adapts this technique, using a rippled reedpanel to make suke suke fabrics shot through with radiant waves. Only a few master wave-reed weavers are still active in Japan, so this is both our tribute to their art and our attempt to ensure the continuity of this cool summery tradition in a contemporary form.