Monday, May 18, 2015

potd - Old Japanese Cotton

Just tidying up rolls of old (mid - late last century) cotton.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Potd - Sewing Books

I've just put out some more Japanese sewing books (in translation). Lovely patterns and you can't go wrong with titles like 'Sweet Dress Book' and 'I am Cute Dresses'.

Monday, May 11, 2015

potd - Ebi

Antique e-gasuri  (picture ikat) with ebi (prawn) design...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

potd - Hotei Netsuke

This is a very simple, well-worn  old bone netsuke that looks like it's had a long and useful life.  He doesn't have the fine carving of some of our other netsuke  but I think that's part of his  charm. The figure is Hotei  (lit. 'cloth bag' ) who was originally a deity from Chinese folklore and is one of the Japanese seven lucky gods. He always carries a large sack and is the god of abundance and good health.  He is signed 'Ikko'.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

potd - Shop Colours

A little colour to brighten up such a grey rainy day here...

Monday, May 4, 2015

potd - Hanga

We always have a small selection of hanga woodblock prints. These  two panels are from a triptych depicting kabuki actors by Toyohara Kunichika ( 1835 - 1900).  Click on to enlarge.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

potd - Igezara

These printed plates are called igezara  or thorn plates because of the distinctive brown scalloped edges.   Igezare come in various sizes - these ones are about 25cm in diameter. They're sturdy everyday plates and  date from the early 20th century.