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Khutsot haYotser 2013 Round-up

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 16, 2013

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Puppet-maker Gili Marom (above)

Finger-woven sashes and straps from Peru. Although they resemble card-weaving, the sellers said that it’s finger-weaving. It’s also not dense enough to be card-weaving. I suspect the technique is similar to the French-Canadian ceinture fléchée but the Peruvian technique is called “rep braiding.” The weft is diagonal, so it’s not loom-woven.

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Embroidered pillows from Hungary:

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We always try to go to the concert. The admission fee for Khutsot haYotser is a bit steep if you’re just going to look at the craft booths, but for a regular concert it’s a bargain. Here’s Shalom Hanoch (most of the performers tend to be on the “mature” side).

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Matti Caspi, who was performing with Riki Gal. (We really wanted to hear Ehud Banai a couple days later but my husband got sick.)

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Whew–finally posted all my Khutsot haYotzer photos! Sorry about the delay.

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Wood and Paint

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 16, 2013

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These exquisitely turned boxes, cups, and dreidels were made by Eli Abuhatzira (below). A friend of mine took a wood-turning course with Eli. She said that she was making a nice but rather dull bowl on the lathe. Eli added a groove and enlarged a space a tiny bit and it turned the bowl into something extraordinary. I was hoping to come back to get better photos of him at work. The space was very crowded and I took these photos over people’s shoulders, under a very yellow light (probably halogen), so the colour had to be adjusted quite a lot.

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It wasn’t easy getting a good focus on hands behind a dirty plexiglass screen but this shot worked.

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Instrument-maker Shlomo Moyal gave an excellent lecture on how a violin is made, including the different kinds of wood that go into making a single instrument.

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Hungarian furniture painter painting a chest.

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I couldn’t get a good shot of his hands because he was sitting next to the wall of the kiosk.

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Janeth Hanapi, Master Weaver from the Philippines

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 27, 2013

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One of the reasons I keep going back to Khutsot haYotser is because it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to artists from other countries. I love wandering around and asking artists about their work. Janeth Hanapi is a master weaver of tipo (also known as banig), mats woven from the leaves of the pandanus plant. She is a member of the Jama Mapun (“people of Mapun”). Mapun is a municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. She received recognition for her work by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2012. She speaks some English but she was busy weaving most of the time.

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Pandan leaves are harvested from wild plants. Only the young leaves are used, so that the plant can recover. They are cut into thin strips, dyed, and dried. The tipo mats are used for ceremonial purposes and as a floor covering under a mattress. Mary (Mary Rajelyn Javier-Busmente, architect, who helped plan and coordinate the exhibit) told  me that they can last for ten years with care.

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This is the tipo that I bought.

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I wish I knew how she does those colour changes on the diagonal! It would be really cool to weave strips of paper using this technique.

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Lace from the Czech Republic

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 27, 2013

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Jerusalem Arts & Crafts Fair 2013: Indian Woodworker, Mexican Beadwork

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 11, 2013

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At first I thought this woodworker was working on leather. Then I saw that he was carving with a hammer and chisel. He’s using his toe to hold the plate-stand steady on the block. I noticed that when he was resting, he would put one leg on top of the other in a half-lotus or firelog position. He must be really flexible.

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Very brave of him to hold the chisel for the boy with the hammer! I wonder how many fingernails he loses that way… 🙂

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These Mexican seed bead necklaces look almost like needle-lace. I’d be afraid to wear them, because if a thread breaks, it can be quite a job repairing the piece, depending on how well anchored the threads are. Or maybe I would just hang one on a wall. They’re so beautiful! (Sigh–I know that I could make my own but I would never finish it.)

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