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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

Sari Silk: aa012011

Knitting with sari silk yarn has recently become quite fashionable. As Sari shops are quite plentiful in London, I thought that I would try to make my own sari yarn and weave with it using it as a weft yarn.

Narrow strips of pre-woven cloth are recylced and used in many forms of weaving, such as rag rugs, Finnish poppana or Japanese Sakiori. In Poppana, the cloth is cut on the bias, so that the fuzzy bits of the cloth become part of the design of the cloth, creating a chenille effect. In Sakiori the cloth is cut into narrow strips and rewoven to make kimono fabric. I purchased a 6 meter length of sari cloth. Using a rotary cutter, I cut the cloth into 1 inch wide strips. I think in future I will make the strips slightly narrower, perhaps 3/4″, to create a finer weight of cloth. You can experiment with the width of the yarn to see what works best for your project.

sari yarn

sari yarn

I put a 6 yard warp onto my loom because I want to make a few different types of fabric using a variety of weft yarns. I am planning on using these fabrics to sew some purses or bags, each one slightly different. For warp, I used a 6 ply Finnish ‘Kalalanka’ yarn, cotton, 2100 ypp. You could subsitute this with another cotton yarn of a similar yardage.

Warp

  • Warp: 6 yards – 6 ply Kalalanka
  • Sett: 10 epi
  • Warp Width: 20 inches
  • # ends: 200
  • Weft: 12 ppi

Weft

In addition to the ‘sari yarn’ I also used a single ply hemp singles. I wove the fabric using 2 shuttles, throwing the sari yarn as twill, and alternating with a tabby shot of hemp singles.
sari weaving draft

recycled sari cloth

Recycled Sari cloth on the loom.
The variations in the original sari cloth give interesting effects when rewoven.

recycled sari

Recycled Sari cloth on loom

For the remaining warp I have used both a thick and a thin hemp yarn, varying the treadling. I used a 6 ply hemp for the twill shots and a hemp singles for the tabby shots.
hemp draft
Weaving Draft
Black Hemp Weft
Black Hemp Weft
Purple Hemp Weft
Purple Hemp Weft

Rag Weaving

T Shirt Rugs
Poppana
Sakiori

Sewing Bags

Here are a few patterns for sewing bags and purses, that can be used with your hand woven cloth.
Square Bottom Tote Bag Pattern
Placemat Purse Pattern
Clutch Purse Pattern Beaded Bag Knitting
Not woven – This is a knitted bag – which I included because I thought it was a cool technique.

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