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Filing grooves into the end of the nail, Nishijin-ori

Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd. and Photo by Takayama Kengo, A-PROJECTS2015

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

 Filing grooves into the end of the nail.
When weaving “fingernail tapestry” (tsumetsuzure), the design sketch is set under tightly strung warps and after the weft threads are placed in the open shed, the weaver uses her fingernails to pack them in. In order to facilitate this work, the weaver files four or five grooves into the tips of her middle and ring fingers. At times the detailed fine work advances only a few centimeters a day.

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  • Title: Filing grooves into the end of the nail, Nishijin-ori
  • Creator: Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd., Photo by Takayama Kengo, A-PROJECTS
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Rights: Photo © Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd.

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