mottainai – guest post by Julie Maclean

I heard a radio program last year in which a writer described the 400 year old Japanese  Festival of Broken Needles or Hari-Kuyo, which I found evocative. On February 8th women gather at Shinto shrines, or Buddhist temples, and begin by thanking their needles and pins for their faithful service. Next they place them in jelly or tofu  – a soft bed – and lay them to rest. The other idea that is acknowledged on the day is that the needlesRead more

text/texture

text means ‘the wording of anything written’. It comes from the Latin texere, ‘to weave’ – from which we also get the word texture. One of my favourite books on the connection between writing stories and the creation of cloth is from the Sylph Editions Cahiers Series by Isabella Ducrot, Text on Textile, a meditation on fabric, myth, life and story: Whenever we say ‘to lose the thread of an argument’, or ‘to weave a story’, we imply that theRead more