ちなみにこの時期のインドは結構涼しくて快適です．布屋で絣柄のプリントものを見つけました(写真はなしです，すみません…)． I conducted survey as collaboration project with Biyani college. I visited Kalwar, and here is very nice place. #monpers#久留米絣#もんぺ#kasuri#ikat#monpe#九大#伝統工芸振興アイドル#india#kalwar#Biyanicollege
I joined and talked at conference BICON2018 in Biyani college. Cultural exchange program was so exciting, I enjoyed it.
At the November #houstonfiberfolkmeetup @jessica_weaves asked us how we got into the crafts we do. It was a timely question for me as one of the main reasons for me being in town was the lady who sparked my interest in textiles - my grandma. Thanks to her patience and skill, I learned to knit at the age of 5. From that time on, I was fascinated with anything having to do with yarn. My grandma learned to make her own clothing out of necessity. She grew up during WWII in Japan, where she survived having her house firebombed. Her family lost everything, so they had to be resourceful and make the things they didn’t have from whatever they could find. I learned to knit and sew out of curiosity and as a way to connect with my grandma, her past, and history in general. During this trip home, I was super happy to find an old Japanese sewing book in her house from the 1950s. It sparked lots of conversations between us, and we eventually ended up sewing a pair of #monpe - pants made for wearing over a kimono. These were popular during the war and my grandmother remembers pulling on several pairs before she made her escape from the bombings. We didn’t actually use the pattern in the book. In true grandma style, we just winged it and sewed up a pair the way she remembered being taught. I don’t know if monpe will make a fashion come-back, but I will definitely treasure this pair!