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Rag Weaving: aa080101

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.

Rug Weaving

Navajo Rugs
T-shirt Rugs
Wagon Wheel Rugs

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Sakiori Rag Weaving

Sakiori is a traditional Japanese technique of rag weaving.
In Japan, rag weaving is known as Sakiori and has been used to weave traditional kimono.
The rag strips are cut quite finely and woven into a tweed-like fabric.

Sakiori in Nishinomiya
Gramma Ashiwa tears vintage cotton cloth into strips and weaves them into beautiful sakiori
fabric.
Sakiori and Sashiko
Sakiori is woven from strips of old fabric and is commonly used for work clothing.

Sakiori Cloth
Sakiori Cloth

Saki means rag and oru means to weave. This site describes the warp as being a fairly
heavy weight yarn. The cloth strips are cut in a zig-zag fashion, about 1/2 inch wide,
starting from the selvage edge, to within 1/2″ of the next selvage, creating a long,
narrow strip. The strip is rolled and used as weft.

Sakiori Cutting Strips
Sakiori Cutting Strips

Weaving with Rags
Rag Weaving
Wagon Wheel Rugs
T Shirt Rugs
Poppana
Catalogne Rugs

Kimono and Sakiori Pattern Books

Weaving Western Sakiori: A Modern Guide for Rag Weaving

Sakiori no hon

Riches from Rags: Saki-ori & Other Recycling Traditions In Japanese Rural Clothing

Sakiori to sakiami : Furugi ga suteki ni yomigaeru

Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes

Textiles of Japan