Takeshi Kitamura

Ra Gauze with Aligned Triple Diamond Design

  • Textiles
  • Presented in 2021
  • Not for Sale

Category Textiles
Year Presented 2021
Exhibition The 68th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Ra silk gauze

    Ra silk gauze is a type of open leno weave in which sets of vertical warp threads are intertwined around the horizontal weft threads, producing an open fabric. Unlike plain sha gauze weaves, in which simple pairs of mated warp threads are crossed and intertwined as though to form a single warp, ra gauze weaves employ intricate systems of intertwining warps. The patterns are further complicated by also intertwining the weft threads. Ra gauze is characterized by large, open meshes with decorative patterns. The technique was transmitted from China around the seventh century and enjoyed great popularity from the eighth to tenth centuries (Nara–early Heian periods).