Zori Making

We spent the last two days after classes learning to make a traditional Japanese shoe.  They are made by hand to be about a centimeter too small for your feet, and are generally worn with kimono.  We made ours using only rope, some foam-like tubing, fabric, our own hands, and a sort of wooden needle just for pulling fabric through in loops.

Materials.

The beginning.

Weaving strips of fabric into the rope, nice and tight for a firm foundation.

About to attach the straps, using the foam tubing.

More weaving.

The straps have been woven in!

All I have to do is attach the strap where your toes go around.

They’re pretty much done!

The bottom of the finished zori, before trimming.

I can wear my shoes!

Finished!

Next to Lynn’s.