Japanese Silk Knot

Posted by KL and VP on 19 October 2015 | 0 Comments

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On Wednesday the 14th of October 2015 we were honoured with a special cultural afternoon.

Masako Sawada (from Japan) organised for Japanese Master Harpist, Etsuko Sakai, to perform for us on her traditional Koto harp. She performed 300 year old songs and also showed her versatility by performing some modern music as well. Etsuko was dressed in a beautiful traditional cherry blossom kimono. It was a wonderful experience. Etsuko’s performance was followed by a demonstration of silk knotting by Master Setsuko.

Due to the large numbers of people interested in learning, Master Setsuko demonstrated her skill a number of times, showing different decorative knots and both Etsuko and Master Setsuko helped people individually. The Northern Branch of the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania would like to thank Masako, Etsuko and Master Setsuko for travelling from Hobart to share their skills with us and to also thank all those who attended. It was a very educational and enjoyable afternoon.

Master Setsuko also demonstrated and taught the technique at a workshop in Guild rooms at Battery Point, Hobart, and at Judbury Crafters group earlier in the week. 

Thank you to Kathy Littlejohn, Robyn Cox and Valeri Pain for photos and words.