4 thoughts on “Hari-Kuyo – The Ceremony of Broken Needles

  1. Neame

    I imagine there was a time when needles were hard to make and hard to come by. Respect for the tool respects the maker. Illuminating.

  2. Thread crazy

    Melanie, what an interesting insight into their tradition of laying their “tools” to rest. Are we to assume the tofu is buried? Just wondering. Interest post and thanks for sharing. I usually thread my old used/broken needles through a layer of muslin/batting that I keep on my sewing table. Maybe I need to bury them in tofu…

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I don’t know what happens with the tofu. When I read the post (you know I re-blogged it) I just thought that was fascinating.

      I drop all my sharps in an old yogurt cup. Some day it will be full, I’ll duct tape it safely shut, and put it is the trash. But I’ve been using the same one for several years and it’s only about half full!!!


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