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Brian_Grimley

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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2007, 11:48:08 PM »
Re: "agemaki knot on samurai armour"

Carol, the fifth photograph down at http://www.winterjapaneseart.com/AR04.html , shows the agemaki musubi (knot) on an 18th century child's armour.

The agemaki musubi is often classified as simply a decorative knot. However, the strands hanging from the "square" shoulder shields were wrapped through the horizontal bights of the agemaki musubi to prevent the shoulder shields from falling forward and exposing the soldier's shoulders to attack. Here, the agemaki musui is part of the rigging of the armour.

In the center of the back of some helmets, a small agemaki musubi is attached though a ring. Here, the knot could be classified as decorative.

Cheers - Brian.

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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2007, 01:06:21 AM »
Re: "Japanese temple gate"

Carol, the simenawa (also, shimenawa, if one wants to search) is the sacred rope which hangs from the gateways and entrances to Shinto Shrines. Simenawa is used in many other places as well. The designs vary in different parts of Japan and the site which shows the greatest variety, that I have seen, is here: http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~auto/SIMENAWA.html#KATATI.html . It is really worth flicking through the links!

(I had to View -> Encoding -> Japanese (Auto-Select) for the text to appear in Japanese.)

Did you say, "... image of a gigantic knot ..."? How about: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Izumo-taisha_shimenawa_214944667_f7101cf167_o.jpg ? Another perspective is here: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~kunoichi/shimane.html .

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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2007, 04:55:33 AM »
thanks so much, Brian!  you always find the best links!!  8)

as previously noted i had found some armour pictures, but none were so big and clear images of the knot.

Did you say, "... image of a gigantic knot ..."? How about [...]
no, the knot i remember was more like this one (http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~auto/sankyoinari.jpg) but a bigger knot hanging from a bigger gate.

we now return you to our regularly scheduled semi-random accumulation of links.  8)

apparently there's a kerfuffle over images of nooses being used in an inappropriate manner.  this is sad, and yet watch the baby get thrown out with the bathwater...
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=520390
http://wkrg.com/news/article/noose_or_knot/6433/

some mountain climbing related ropework instruction
http://www.mountainzone.com/how-to-articles/viewarticle.asp?aid=6023&sid=2
http://www.mountainzone.com/how-to-articles/viewarticle.asp?aid=3923&sid=1

a fluffy piece about men's fashion that happens to mention ties
http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=1723932007

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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2007, 03:56:03 PM »
Re: "palaquin decorated with knots"

Carol, shown below isn't really a palanquin. I think that it is a portable shrine but I love the use of knots, both the decorative and lashing! I had been wondering quite a long time how the knots shown at the top were tied - here they show it!

I hope you enjoy this example:  http://asahitaiko.maturi.jp/kaitaisinsyo/tonbo/tonbo.html .

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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2007, 01:48:39 PM »
I very much enjoyed that example, Brian!

Here's some more interesting things I've found while doing some research:

Japanese words and phrases to do with rope (http://www.whiteknightlogic.net/kanjidb/kanji_pages/kc6ec.php)

A short article about ropes in Japanese culture including a nice picture of a whole bunch of shimenawa (small ones! 8) the ceremonial rope that divides two different spaces (like temple from elsewhere) http://www.minpaku.ac.jp/english/museum/exhibition/japan/04.html

A section of a khipu blog that includes many interesting tidbits including many mentions of knotted records from other places.
http://pop-khipu-project.blogspot.com/2007_04_01_archive.html

A machine translated piece ("Bottle turn the star moves...") about "What is Chinese Knot" making the whole document quite surreal http://www.whatis-iswhat.com/2007/11/02/what-is-chinese-knot/

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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2007, 03:12:27 PM »
a jeweler who ties knots in cordage and then casts them to make apparently knotted jewelry (cheating, eh, loren?  8) 8)
http://www.kielmead.com/jewelry.html
http://www.kielmead.com/images/forgetmeknot.jpg
http://www.kielmead.com/images/bowtie.jpg

someone taking issue in their blog about the qualifications of certain objects being displayed to be called "art", the second object being discussed is the knot-ish one.
http://www.onions-to-lilies.com/2007/11/pox-populi/
http://www.onions-to-lilies.com/wp-content/knot.jpg

announcement of an exhibit that Lydia Chen will be taking part in
http://www.ntcri.gov.tw/eng/02_news/news_B_2.asp?n_id=630

a maedup exhibit announcement from 2004
http://www.korea.net/News/news/NewsView.asp?serial_no=20041008015&part=106&SearchDay=

a video on youtube from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, it's their "daily English show" with an interview with a student who ties Chinese knots, the interview is not particularly insightful or in depth, but it does show her tying a 4x4 pan chang knot...
http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=sBTBTBBZT4Y

here's the profiles of a few others on the HK youtube who have knotting videos
http://hk.youtube.com/user/pantograffiti (note the link at bottom right that says "45", this person has posted 3 pages of videos, about 1/3(?) are knots)
http://hk.youtube.com/user/npatroni (someone who knots and crochets, also available at http://ladyjulia.com/)
http://hk.youtube.com/user/opulencepotato (has the chinese button knot and the double connection (double union, 2 strand matthew walker))
http://hk.youtube.com/user/2KnottyBoys (shown are knots decorative, useful, as well as those that some might deem inappropriate)
http://hk.youtube.com/user/OurLadysRosaryMakers (making the cord rosary in many steps)
(ok, must stop browsing youtube now, many more knot videos out there though...)

this one is advertising a book with VCD that you can buy
http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=u-PIPbjGLQE

an article about a family that has made a website about tying ties
http://www.pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39447&Itemid=9
http://www.2tieatie.com/

someone making a red envelope out of fabric. knots are marginally involved.  8)
http://sonillie.blogspot.com/2007/11/early-ang-pow.html

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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2007, 07:30:59 PM »
first some advice: when looking for things in languages you don't type, in google on the main screen look to the right and click on the language tools.  you can then use the "search across languages tool".  you can put in your search term in English and it will translate the term and search for it in the language of your choice on pages in that language.   that's (almost) how i found some of the below.  machine translation as you know still has a long way to go.  so i started with searching for "maedup" was able to isolate the korean for "maedup" put that into the search (while still claiming that my language was English) and many cool things came out, all of which were auto-translated into English for me on the search page.

web site for the Society for Research of Korean Traditional Knots.  turn on your flash and there are many knots to see.  classes to take as well, if you're in korea...
http://www.hanminjock.com/

the Dong Lim Korean Traditional Knot Museum
http://www.shimyoungmi.com/

a commercial site selling maedup products including videos and tools (! like the braiding stands (!!))
http://www.51-jang.com/

the text and video transcript of a tv show (?) by China Radio International Cultural Education Channel for the Korean market about Chinese knotting.  lots of pretty pictures.
http://korean.cri.cn/460/2007/03/01/1@89048.htm

a Japanese florist who combines flowers with knots
http://www.hanaya87.com/hanamusubi/musubi/

a commercial site selling maedup products and videos.  clearly related to the now defunct http://www.crissncross.com/ website (which, for some reason, it references frequently).
http://koreaknot.co.kr/

someone has scanned large portions of one book and at least 2 others, plus screen captures of other websites to bring you instructions for 22 knots (the first 2 entries are intro).  original and translated links follow:
http://sonuro.co.kr/bbs/zboard.php?category=3&id=lecture03&page=1&page_num=20&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&keyword=&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=cltr&cd=9&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftranslate.google.com%2Ftranslate%3Fhl%3Den%26langpair%3Dko%7Cen%26u%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fsonuro.co.kr%2Fbbs%2Fzboard.php%253Fcategory%253D3%2526id%253Dlecture03%2526page%253D1%2526page_num%253D20%2526sn%253Doff%2526ss%253Don%2526sc%253Don%2526keyword%253D%2526select_arrange%253Dheadnum%2526desc%253Dasc%26prev%3D%2Ftranslate_s%253Fhl%253Den%2526q%253D%2525EB%2525A7%2525A4%2525EB%252593%2525AD%2526sl%253Den%2526tl%253Dko&ei=q8k1R4_MEJfepQKgpZWxDA&usg=AFQjCNHB5K20w21qIFQ7yu-QxxJYJ0AEhw&sig2=OQD-K3kebCu0XiMqTPgMrw

also a japanese book on knotting and a japanese book on friendship bracelets:
http://sonuro.co.kr/bbs/zboard.php?id=lecture04&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&category=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=104

a kid ties a noose and almost gets in big trouble
http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/66337/
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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2007, 04:35:39 PM »
Have discovered the existence of a "Japan knot culture society".  Conveniently I am in Japan right now.  Am hoping to make contact.

If you are in Japan, there is a lovely display of knots in the Karasuma Oiike subway station near the southeast entrance.

I am currently at the kumihimo 2007 conference (http://www.kumihimoconf.org/).  I gave a talk (about Asian knots) and a lovely lady from Hungary gave a talk about traditional Hungarian costumes.  The men's clothes were profusely decorated with braids (hence the talk at the braiding conference) but many of those braids were tied into very nice knots.  Googling around I did not find any decent pictures of such things, although her presentation had many impressive knotted works.  Keywords to try if so inclined are "hussar knots" and "gala costume".  Apparently there are but 2 remaining artisans in Hungary who know how to tie most of the knots, but they are very secretive.  They will allow photos to be taken, but not explain how things are done.  Lucky for us, photos are in many cases sufficient, not that instructions wouldn't be preferred.  Any IGKTers in Hungary who can shed some light (and/or more pictures) on the topic?

Now onto our usual accumulation of links:
An interestingly fawning profile of our own Des Pawson, highlighting his film work.  Also a short biography (as related to his knotwork).
http://www.eveningstar.co.uk/content/eveningstar/features/story.aspx?brand=ESTOnline&category=Features&tBrand=ESTOnline&tCategory=Features&itemid=IPED13%20Nov%202007%2008%3A56%3A31%3A303

A fairly short and generic blurb about Chinese knotting (why do these turn up so often?), but a couple of nice pictures there...
http://ourchinajournal.blogspot.com/2007/11/chinese-knots.html

A strange article about the Amazing Race (reality tv show) and the fact that knots (which during this event, apparently only the women were able to execute successfully) were required in a  stage of the game to lift furniture
http://buzzkilled.com/blog/2007/11/12/knotty-women-elimnated-from-race/

Yet another article about ties and their return to fashionability
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/11/sunday/main3485976.shtml