Monday, July 14, 2014

Teru Teru Bozu

To celebrate the start of my 'Big Mid-Winter Rummage Sale'  on Sunday  I gave away little Teru Teru Bozu  fine weather amulet doll kits...

Teru Teru Bozu (lit. ‘shine shine monk’ ) are traditional Japanese amulet dolls made of cloth or paper which were hung under the eaves of farm houses to bring good weather. They are often associated with the Japanese rainy season in June and early July. During the Edo period (1600 – 1868) they also became popular with city children wishing for fine weather the next day. On the other hand, if you do want it to rain apparently you should hang your teru teru bozu upside down! 

They're quite simple to make  even without a kit.  Form a small ball out of  a scrap of wadding, fabric or even a couple of tissues and place it in the centre of a square of fabric or paper.  Tie some thread tightly around the neck  and draw on a face. Then attach another piece of thread to top of the head. 

For anyone in the Hobart area our sale is on until the 2nd August.

Monday, June 23, 2014

In Store...

Around the shop...
Most of these items aren't in the online catalogue at the moment  but you're welcome to email me if there's anything you're interested in.

We've got some nice old boxes in at the moment:

Lots of old and not so old cotton shibori:

We always have various kokeshi in the shop:

I've been putting  out lots of old  indigo (Bundles of these are available online here ) :

Very sweet dog netsuke:

 I always have fun making up the kimono fabric buttons:

A lovely selection of small katagami stencils:

Some sweet mini kokeshi:

These antique indigo charm packs are also available online here:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sekka Shibori

I have just put these lovely pieces of sekka shibori on my website here. Sekka means snow flowers  and refers both to the dynamic designs and the technique for creating them. Sekka  is an itajime clamp style of shibori (explanation below). They're dyed in a vibrant indigo on a very soft white cotton. This fabric was often used for nappies (diapers) and this first piece is still stitched in a loop in the style of a traditional Japanese nappy. The full loop measures 34cm x 125cm  - the photo shows half the length.

This nappy would date from the early 20th century but this style of nappy (though not beautifully hand-dyed!)  is still used in Japan . It is folded into a pad and used with a nappy cover. I used them for my first child but the fabric was so thin I didn't find them very practical after a few months of age! Nappies were also traditionally made from remnants of old cotton clothing and household textiles, a dyed one like this would most likely have been a gift.

The next one is a nappy but the seam has been unpicked so it is a single length of fabric - this photo also shows half the length:

The next piece of sekka shibori is pieced together from a baby's kimono. The fabric is a very soft open weave cotton which was often used for clothing for babies. Soft white cotton garments are still popular for newborns.  You can see the T shape cut where the collar has been.  It may have been pieced back together to re-use as a nappy though it is a little longer (160cm) than a usual nappy.

Here's a short  explanation of how sekka shibori is dyed:

Cloth is folded into wide vertical pleats. The pleated cloth strip is then repeatedly reverse folded, either horizontally or diagonally, into a square, rectangular or triangular form. This creates a neat bundle of folded cloth  that is fitted between boards or sticks, held in place with a cord, and dipped selectively in the dye. The multiple folds create simple geometric patterns, and the dye is drawn into the folds, creating a distinctive soft-edged effect.  

(from:  Wada, Rice and Barton, 'Shibori: The Inventive art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing ')

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kimono silks

Today I've been busy putting more kimono silks online:   My kimono silks are usually $15 - $17.50 per metre.  If you can't find what you're looking for you're always welcome to email or call - I have a lot more stock in the shop than I've got online.  Here are a few of the ones I've just added:


Sunday, May 4, 2014

'Vintage Japanese Textiles' Exhibition

My interest in old things probably began as a child when I often spent weekends at auctions  with my parents who have collected all sorts of antiques over the years.  They have stopped collecting in recent years but my  mother is the curator of the Channel Heritage Centre at Margate   -  where there is one section devoted to my father's camera collection ( ) . The centre has a space for  community exhibitions and for the rest of this month they are hosting a display of textiles from my collection.   These are all from my personal collection (sorry, not for sale). You've probably seen some of these pieces here before - and some such as the sarubobo and shibori juban I will feature in future posts. 

Shibori-dyed  nagajuban undergarment:

Koi carp design panel of  indigo katazome :

19th century patchwork juban undergarment:

Spinning wheel for cotton or bast fibres:

19th century haribako sewing box (the top one):

 Sakiori rag weaving  worker's jacket

19th century sashiko vest:

 Sashiko furoshiki wrapping cloth:

Cotton gin for removing seeds and silk reeling wheel:

Indigo shrine banner (1861) and boro futon cover :

Taisho period girl's silk chirimen crepe kimono:

Patchwork uchishiki buddhist altar cloth:

Obi made from chirimen crepe kimono fabric:

The items in the case haven't photographed well... old thread spools,  shimacho weaving sample books and wooden lasts for children's tabi:

Edo period  oshie padded applique: 

Sewing accessories:

Sewing books and sarubobo monkey amulets and dolls:

If you live locally please drop in and have a closer look ( open every day 10am - 4pm  - entry by donation).   The museum is worth a look  - even if you can't make it this month - with interesting displays on life and work in the the Channel area, and of course my dad's camera collection!