Kudzu, everywhere

Kudzu, everywhere

August 23, 2010

I spent whole summer in Japan, this year. In the end of my stay, I participated in Kudzu cloth work shop in Shizuoka, for five days. This workshop is organized by “Ohoigawakuzufu” studio. www.kuzufu.com

Kudzu cloth is one of the most important three antique fabrics in Japan besides Basho-fu (banana cloth) and Shina-fu (basswood cloth). Kudzu cloth itself looks very shiny, because we don’t spin the fiber.

The first day of the workshop, we went to a river bank to collect kudzu vines and also a truck lord of pampas grass to make a pile where the cooked kudzu vines will be placed to be fermented.

These are the kudzu vines we have harvested by the river.

Kudzu vines

The kudzu vines need to be kept moist till it is cooked in boiling water.

Kudzu vines

We start cooking for a half hour to an hour.

Kudzu vines

It looks ready to take out, remove from the pan.

Kudzu vines

Let it sit in a pampas-grass pile for about two days, till it is fermented.

Kudzu vines

Put it in the middle of a pampas grass pile and cover with a plastic sheet in case of rain.

Kudzu vines

Kudzu vines

Good job!