(131) The History of Sakiori and an Introduction to Western Sakiori Techniques

Sakiori is a form of Japanese rag-weaving used by peasants from the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries to make durable, warm cloth for work garments and other utilitarian textiles. Due to poverty and the scarcity of suitable fibers, even the smallest scrap of cloth was used. What lessons do these methods hold for us in today’s world? What if we used the overabundance of inexpensive fibers and fabrics available to us to weave new cloth, not for warmth or durability but for beauty and to prevent waste in the textile stream?

We will first learn about the history and use of traditional sakiori fabric in old Japan, taking a close look at some vintage examples. We will then move on to the concept of Western Sakiori, touching on rag selection and preparation, weaving, and finishing techniques, as well as some visual inspiration.


Amanda Robinette

Experience Level:

Open to All

Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Friday Afternoon

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