Silk thread on wooden spools

The Daily Japanese Textile of April 15 features a kimono with a pattern of spools of thread. Today’s entry focuses on two vintage spools of thread from Nishijin, Japan’s premier textile manufacturer. Western spools are round; like western spools, Japanese spools have an anchoring hole at the center, but differ in having four spokes, forming an X shape, onto which the thread is wound.

The two types of thread have very different textures – one very rough and thick, the other very smooth and fine.