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— Story of Warp
A kimono is woven at the intersection of warp and weft.
The first step of weaving is to prepare the warp threads. About half of the whole process of weaving kimono is preparing warp threads. This is called Seikei (warping).
We at Atelier Shimura, use about 1150 warp threads, which means very detailed work. We warp silk threads dyed with plants, set the Tatemaki (rolled warp) in a loom, then put it through the thread to the heddles and a reed. We can finally start to weave after doing all this.
The important things are doing *Aya-tori (Aya taking) precisely and matching the tension of 1150 threads. Each one of these works greatly towards affecting the subsequent process.
[*Aya-tori (taking Aya)-
There is a process to take Aya during warping. The work of taking Aya is to arrange 1150 threads in order without being tangled.]