Travelling Temaricious: Latvia ❺

English follows below

旅するテマリシャス:ラトビア❺

民芸市の興奮冷めやらぬ翌日、中央市場近くのバスターミナルからリガ郊外のLimbaziという街へ足を伸ばした。

The following day of the festival weekend, we went to visit a small town called Limbazi.

目的の毛糸と織物工場を探す。人気がない街に不安になりながらも歩き進め偶々通りかかった年配の婦人に声を掛けレストランの中まで連れて行ってもらう。ウエイターさん引き継ぎまでしてくれたよう。旅ならではの他人の優しさに触れる。

The town was a lot quieter than I thought. So quiet and … no place to eat. We realised it on a way to a restaurant, a cafe or even a hot dog stand, we IMAGINED to find just like that. But there is an angle. We eventually saw a lady and she kindly walked us all the way into a small restaurant and even asked a waiter to take care of us. You can appreciate even better this sort of kindness when we are completely stranger to a place.

TINEという工場なのだが、到着すると工場見学には予約が必要だった…。海外が長いからかガーンという場面になると、ちょっとお願いできないですかと身振り手振りで自然に聞いてみてる(交渉を始めている)自分がいる。ほぼ無意識です。店員さんがどこかに電話をかけたところで、我に帰る。とダイレクター氏が2階から登場!断られるかと思いきや、自らが工場をツアーしてくださるという、またしてラトビアの優しさに触れる結果に。(後から思ったのは、この工場と取引しているお店が関西にあって、その恩恵を受けたのかなと思いました。ありがとうSUBARUさん!)

Arriving at a small factory, TINE, we first had a look in the small shop of their original yarns and weaved items. Then realised that we had to make reservation for the factory visit. What a shame. But without thinking too much I started negotiate the shop assistant  if we can still have a look in mixture of all the languages I know Czech, English and Hungarian + gesture, (I wouldn’t dare to see myself.) It worked. Our passion reached and kind director himself showed us around. Again, we were touched by Limbazi kindness…

1914年に設立された歴史ある工場では、羊毛を紡いで糸にする所から、バタンバタンと音を鳴り響かせながら伝統のパターンの織物に仕上げるまでの工程を見せてもらった。テマリシャスの全ての工程が手仕事に比べ機械化をしてあるが職人さんの手つき、大きな機械を管理する技術、人の手が関わっているものづくりの姿はやはり美しい。

翌日はいよいよラトビアを発つ。

In the historical factory operated since 1914, Mr. director showed us from how they make yarn from raw wool with old machinery, to how artisans weave textiles of traditional pattern. There were 2 trainees, the future artisans, learning the weaving. I was happy to witness that the tradition is being handed over. Of course they are a lot more mechanised while we, Temaricious does all the procedures by hands. Still, the hands that handles threads, the skill and the way they look when crafting was beautiful.

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