Kasuri is usually plain weave, often with silk. Like tie dye, one wraps either or both the warp and weft in certain pre defined intervals to create a pattern.
compounds in the material are toxic to bacteria and fungi. Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. Like linen, it exhibits greater strength when wet and has good absorbency. It is often mixed with cotton or wool because it is not that durable, and does not absorb dye very well.
Despite its strength, ramie has had limited acceptance for textile use. The fiber's extraction and cleaning are expensive, chiefly because of the several steps—involving scraping, pounding, heating, washing, or exposure to chemicals. Some or all are needed to separate the raw fiber from the adhesive gums or resins in which it is unsheathed. Spinning the fiber is made difficult by its brittle quality and low elasticity; and weaving is complicated by the hairy surface of the yarn, resulting from lack of cohesion between the fibers. The greater utilization of ramie depends upon the development of improved processing methods. That being said, the 2010 Toyota Prius introdcued ramie into their new range of plant-derived bioplastics instead of using pertroleum based products.
Barbara Aikman writes to inform me of a good place to visit in Tuscany, Italy to see linen weaving: www.busatti.com. If you let them know you are a weaver, they'll give you a tour.
Erin Lewis is an instructor at OCADU and has been taking the weaving class with us this session. You can see her incredible work on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J80kx8y8wPMCongratulations to Judy Hardy who won the spinning wheel in the Silent Auction. A VERY BIG thank you to Susan Abrams who donated it to our class to raise money for our expenses!
The One of a Kind show...we'll be there in booth R-07. Go to www.oneofakindshow.com for details.