Shawl Weaving in the later part of the 20th Century
It was run by Mr. Kanihama (fig.K1), who supervised the work done by the two resident master weavers, five or six journeyman and about ten apprentice weavers. They all worked in one large room, the master weavers acting as teachers for the others. These master weavers produced the most accomplished pieces but in comparison to those accompanying this exhibition their work could only be called amateur (fig.K2).
The best pieces produced in Kanihama had warp counts - the number of foundation threads per inch - of only 60 to 70 while the shawls illustrated in the Plates section and the text average over 200 per inch.
The dyes were mostly modern European chemical ones but
the patterns they were producing in Kanihama were traditional as was
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