#2 Splitting & Spinning ramie

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Well dried ‘Taemosi’ is moistened using water.

The moisture is squeezed out as much as possible.

The remaining moisture is shaken off by hitting it with the palm of a hand.

The end of the “Taemosi’ is tied again.

Each strand is held with the thumb and is coiled into a circular shape.

This is done to easily separate each strand before the ‘Ramie cutting’.

‘Ramie cutting’ is where the vein is cut using one’s front teeth.

The front teeth are used to split a single strand of ramie into two.

It is a very precise and tedious process.

The debris from the ramie cutting are taken out.

This is a process performed to make the thread as thin as possible.

The ramie, which entered the craftsman’s mouth in one strand, exits from the craftsman’s mouth in two strands.

This is thinned ramie after the ramie cutting.

If this process is repeated for a long time, a hole is created in the front teeth.

The idiomatic phrase “Igolnanda” came from the process

(※Igolnanda: To grow accustomed to a process)

In the past, when women who make ramie fabric were getting married,

they tried not to smile as they were afraid their holed front teeth would show.

As dental technology has advanced, craftsmen have their teeth protected. 🙂

Focus on the sound, and keep watching this delicate process (End 4:40)

As the rough Taemosi is broken into thin threads

The lips, tongue, and the heart that were cut countless times become callused.

If the ramie is torn after being covered in saliva until its end,

The ramie ply shaped like the paths of the heart is created.

Thousands of ramie ply are made

following the slender, long, and evenly-split paths of the heart.

All paths of the heart are inside the ramie ply.

This is ramie that became as thin as hair after ‘ramie cutting’.

This shows before ‘ramie cutting’ and after ‘ramie cutting’.

The ramie thread created after ‘ramie cutting’ is hung on the ‘heald bar’.

‘Ramie threading’ is where a single, thicker thread is made by wrapping two thin threads on one’s knees.

Through this process, two thin ramie threads become a single, sturdy thread.

Two ramie threads before ‘ramie threading’

They are tightly twisted into one by the friction from the palms and the knee.

The ramie threading process also has the role of connecting the ramie threads cut into the trunk’s length into one thread,

in addition to connecting the two threads into one.

The threaded ramie is packed into a basket.

The ramie thread that strongly touched the whole body and heart

does not get tangled and emits light.

The parts that are not strongly connected are cut and connected with other threads.

The craftsman’s saliva acts as a glue.

This is a hard process like ‘ramie cutting’ wherein the craftsman has to sit down at the same place for a long time.

Luminous ramie ply forms a heart together.

When the ramie threading is completed, it is tied together in a cross shape with the remaining ramie thread.

A bunch of ramie thread is called ‘Ramie-gut’ and is sold in the market.

The mind’s becoming unraveled.

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