Kudzu fu project part 2

May 3, 2011

Finally, I took the table runner off from my loom. I like the way it looks, kind of ā€œwabi-sabiā€??

Kudzu fiber is shiny, lightweight and almost translucent.

I used four different color kudzu yarns. Natural, indigo( light, mid, deep-blue), brown (persimmon juice) and dark gray (indigo+green tea leaves). Warps are hand spun cotton, dyed in green tea + titanium.

This cotton yarn needed to be starched. I did it on the loom with my tooth brush.

When I was in Okinawa last time, we tried to starch basho yarn(banana fiber) on the loom. Basho fiber is very nappy. In Okinawa where it can be humid and hot, they use synthetic starch(?), to avoid having mold on the fabric you have woven and wound on the loom. I havenā€™t gotten a clear explanation what it is, yet.

Well, I have some dyed kudzu fabric samples which are constantly loosing their fibers.

So, I decided to recycle them to blend in my table runner project.

If you want to see the result quickly, I recommend you to make book mark takes only few hours to finish.