Textile Sunday 5-13-18 Nishijin weaving

I've been watching a series on YouTube Called Japanology that is produced by NHKWorld. As a needleworker and person with interest in history, this episode about a particularly intricate form of weaving that was developed in Kyoto, Japan. Of exceptional note is the portion starting around minute 21 about a gentleman and his family who have used this technique to *exactly* replicate a 900 year old series of scroll paintings that tell the Tale of Genji. It was a nearly 40 year project to replicate what the colors would have looked like when the paintings were fresh and took an average of 10 years to weave each of the 4 scrolls. the finished pieces included both the script and the figures in meticulous detail and surely deserve a place as national treasures alongside the originals.

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