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The Shishu Ladies of Hilo: Japanese Embroidery in Hawai'i

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The Shishu Ladies of Hilo is a carefully documented and illustrated account of the stitching community created by the Shinodas and their pupils on the Big Island from the mid 1930s to the late 1960s. This book traces the teaching of shishu in Hawai'i and describes in detail the modifications made to traditional motifs and materials. It is, however, much more than a historical record of a textile art form. It raises questions about the relationship between these women, their ethnicity, and their needlework - in short, the role of art in achieving ethnic identity.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Pt. I The Hilo Shishu
1 Gathering the Threads 3
2 The Hilo Shishu Community 7
3 Old Ways Done Differently 11
Pt. II Threads from the Past
4 An Enduring Partnership 33
5 Life Was Hard! 47
6 "Great Were the Ladies of Meiji" 61
Pt. III From Design to Stitched Art
7 Design for Needle and Thread 81
8 Thread into Art 99
9 The Shishu Experience 113
App. A A Short History of Shishu in Japan 129
App. B Roster of the Shishu Ladies 131
Notes 133
Bibliography 139
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