A Song of Praise for Shifu.
BYRD, Susan J.
Ann Arbor: The Legacy Press, 2013,
First Edition, one of the first 500 with two paper samples. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 412 pp. The Legacy Press, New. Item #23832
490 images in-text, full color. Susan J. Byrd presents a comprehensive description of shifu—a Japanese textile woven from thread made with paper. This is complemented by an historical overview of the many uses of shifu through past centuries. Also included is detailed information about making the paper and thread from the sheet, spinning and weaving, as well as dyeing the thread and the finished textile with natural dyes. Appendices include artistic works created by internationally renowned artists, resources (suppliers, museums, and craftspeople/artists), and an extensive glossary in Japanese and English.The first-issued 500 copies come with two samples: Nishinouchi shifu yoshi, a paper handmade for shifu by Daisuke Kikuchi and a finely woven silk and paper cloth made by Sadako Sakurai, the esteemed Japanese shifu weaver. Very fine, without flaw.