at about 3.30 this morning
Morpheus kicked aside the covers
and went somewhere else
leaving me sleepless
so i dangled a hand over the edge of the bed
and fished up the nearest piece of reading material
which happened to be
an excellent text sent to me by
Janet de Boer
organiser of the Geelong Textile Forum
where Miyoko Kawahito will be teaching later this year
pootling through the pages i learned something new [several, really]
that in Japan, certain processes may be denoted Intangible Treasures. and then there are also Tangible Treasures.
that there is actually a proper Japanese descriptor for the process of beating leaves into cloth. Miyoko Kawahito calls it tataki-zome, whereas i gave it the label hapa-zome [back in 2006 when i sat in the green room of the Yamaguchi Performing Arts Centre, beating leaves from roadside weeds and cemetery prunings into a 6 metre x 6 metre floorcloth for a scene in "Wanderlust"]
the funny thing is that hapa-zome has become part of the dye vocabulary and i've even seen it referred to [in print] as "the ancient art of hapa-zome". the art may indeed be ancient but the appellation certainly isn't.
anyway, for the record
tataki means "beaten"
whereas hapa means "leaf"
Martha was busy digesting a mouse
and couldn't care less