Objects of Life

¨Farmhouses usually contained one or more working looms; weaving alone involved long hours of labour and textiles were seen as mottai - objects from and of life, received from and credited to whatever forces were thought to be responsible for life and living. It was only natural, then, that a textile's life extended far beyond the life of the object into which it was first made.
n japan and everywhere else in the world, from the dawn of history until the early years of the twentieth century, cloth - any cloth - was precious, an essence of human labour and effort, a metaphor of life's interaction and vicissitudes

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada in VESTOJ Issue 5: On Slowness