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Weaving with Rags

Weavers are a very ingenious and thrifty lot. We don’t like to waste anything, especially our own handwoven items. I think for this reason, twice-woven cloth has been a popular method of recycling in many countries. Fabric is cut or torn into narrow strips and used as weft to make rugs, clothing and other useful articles. Different ways of cutting, folding and reweaving the cloth have developed into techniques unique to each country.

Sakiori
In Japan, rag weaving is known as Sakiori and has been used to weave traditional kimono.

Catalogne
In France or in Quebec, thin strips of cloth are woven as weft and made into bedcovers.

Poppana
In Finland, narrow cloth strips are called Poppana and are woven into clothing and table runners. Poppana is a Finnish technique of cloth strips that are cut on the bias, and rewoven as weft into cloth.

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