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Dr.Tomoko Torimaru and Tibetan Tablet Weaving

Dr. Tomoko Torimaru’s fascination with Chinese culture led her to complete her bachelor’s degree mastering the Chinese language. Soon after she focused her attention onto textiles and spent over a decade with ethnic minorities in China especially the Miao community.

Along with her mother Dr. Sadae Torimaru, she has co-authored two books and authored a third book published in Japanese, English and Chinese –

  • Spiritual Fabric: 15 years of Field Research among the Miao People in Guizhou,China
  • Imprints on Cloth: 18 years of Field Research among Miao People in Guizhou, China
  • One Needle, One Thread: Miao (Hmong) embroidery and fabric piecework from Guizhou, China

In 1999, Dr. Torimaru started on a quest to discover the roots of  zong ban shi ji or the ancient tablet weaving technique, said to be in existence during the Shang period ( 13th century BC ) and East Zhou period ( 8th to 3rd century BC ). This technique is believed to be one of the earliest warp patterning on cloth.


Her incredible journey led to the ancient city of Tsetang in Tibet. Here, she met the Tibetan weaving master Geju from whom she learnt the art of tablet weaving. Dr. Torimaru will talk of her experiences and conduct an intensive workshop on this subject at the Jin Ze Art Centre in Shanghai. Details about the workshop are available < here >


Photo Courtesy: Dr. Torimaru

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