Friday, October 24, 2014

potd - Swirly Silk

Among the printed kimono silks there are also a number that have been hand-dyed. This dynamic swirly design is probably from the 70's.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

potd - Natural Threads

I have these threads in the shop and online. I love stitching with the100% linen one.  Linen isn't a traditional Japanese fibre like hemp and ramie  but it works with  old indigo and gives a  subtle, aged look -  in boro-inspired pieces, for example.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

potd - Old Advertisement

We do more than just textiles! This is a metal (little bit rusty) advertisement from the late 60's  or early 70's for instant curry.  The text reads 'with meat and vegetables..Otsuka's  Bon Curry..heat pack'.  Bon Curry was the original boil in the bag curry that anyone who has lived in Japan would be familiar with and was introduced in 1968 by the Otsuka Corporation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

potd - Shigoki

Yesterday I  put out some long red silk shigoki obi.  These are  decorative additions which can  be worn with ceremonial kimono - for example a girl's Shichigosan festival kimono or a wedding kimono.  They usually  have this type of fringing and are always popular in the shop to use as scarves.

Monday, October 20, 2014

potd - Zokin

Handstitched zokin cleaning cloths dating  from around the middle of the last century. Someone went to the trouble to stitch a big pile of these (I've already sold quite a few)  and they were never used. It was traditional in Japan to turn fabric remnants into cleaning cloths in this way, often  more carefully stitched than these ones. We've had them in the shop before and customers seem to use them as table mats.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

potd - Camellias

We had a garden full of camellias in Japan and I've planted as many as I can practically fit in my garden here. Quite a few of them are still in bloom at the moment.  Camellias  appear on kimono silks such as this one but traditionally they're not considered an  auspicious motif because the way the whole flower drops (rather than individual petals)   is seen to resemble a head being lopped off. I love them anyway.

Friday, October 17, 2014

potd - Remnants

We have two big baskets of kimono remnants in the shop.  They're usually full and at the moment they're overflowing. These are roll ends, narrow pieces from collars, pieces cut from less than perfect kimonos, and little bits that just turn up. We sell these by weight in the shop and online we sell them in bulk packs or by colour or theme.