Forming a continuous thread by joining the split fibers that have been wound into a ball (chingu) is called ply-joining (u-umi). The chingu ball is allowed to steep in a bowl of water for about thirty minutes and then squeezed. Next the fibers are split to the desired thickness with a small knife. This is most time consuming because the quality of the final bolt of cloth depends on the uniformity of the ply-joined threads.


  • Title: Ply-joining the fibers into threads, Basho-fu
  • Subject Keywords: Folk art
  • Rights: Photo: Murabayashi Chikako

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