Thursday, September 11, 2014

In store... just arrived.

Some more treats have just arrived. These aren't on the website but  you're welcome to email me if there's anything you're interested in.
These old hand-stitched zokin cleaning cloths are  not elegant but they've got character - and they're functional!

We've also got more retro 1950's and 60's small metal bento food boxes. These are always popular and I've got a small collection of my own now. I'm not quite sure what to do with them but I love them.

Token extra picture:  this is a screen shot from Takeshi Kitano's Dolls  featuring one of these old style bentos. (This is one of my favourite movies with fantastic costumes by Yohji Yamamoto)

We've also got more wooden stamps...

and silk and metallic threads... well as a small basket of indigo threads that seem to be remnants  from someone's home studio.  There was a pattern amongst them drawn on the back of an old advertisement dated 1973. One lovely hank of hemp and the rest are cotton.

 I'm adding to my basket of cheap $12 obis. I've got a shipment of obis, kimonos and fabric coming in a month or so and I need to clear some space!

And I've just put out this lovely shibori dyed long young woman's haori. It's just stunning...

Monday, September 1, 2014

In Store... Boro and Obi

I'll be putting out more boro soon. Here are a couple of pieces that are in the shop at the moment and also online  here .   This is an old well patched futon cover panel..

I'm not sure if this piece has been used a  floor mat or possibly a kotatsu cover but it has lots of character...

I've been putting out some obi and hope to put out more soon. These aren't in my online shop but you're welcome to email me if you're interested in any of them...



Friday, August 15, 2014

Winter Break

I'm taking a short break to refresh and catch up with some jobs around the house. The shop will re-open on Tuesday 26th August.  I'm still taking mail orders.
Thanks.  Jan

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shibori Nagajuban

Today I'm having a display to coincide with the handmade market in the hall next door. I have a small collection of shibori-dyed nagajuban  undergarments.  These are the traditional equivalent of a petticoat. The collar is usually a plain white cotton which allows a han-eri collar to be tacked on, which is then visible at the neckline of the kimono. These  are all nagajuban from the early-mid 20th century.

. Shibori literally means' to squeeze'  and includes a wide variety of resist techniques involving tying, stitching, folding,  wrapping or clamping the fabric before it is dyed. It has traditionally been used on a range of textiles from fine silk kimono through to the simple home-dyed cotton nappies that I showed here a couple of weeks ago.

  There was a tradition in Japan of wearing very rich and often colourful linings and undergarments. This developed largely in the Edo period (1600-1868) when there was a series of sumptuary laws which attempted to control what fabrics, colours and designs different classes of people could wear. The growing merchant class  has the money but not the official status to wear rich, silk fabrics and so these would be worn on the inside or under their kimono where they couldn't be seen...except by those who knew them well.  The nagajuban here are example of  the continuing influence of this tradition in the early -mid 20th century. Sadly the tradition died out in the post war years and  nagajuban now tend to be bland white and pastels.

 The sleeves and lower half of the next one are wool 'mosu' (Japanese muslin) printed to look like stitched shibori. The upper half is actual shibori on a cheap cotton. 

The next one  has been made from fabric oddments. The sleeves are kimono silk the bottom half is a wool or wool blend nagajuban fabric and the upper half ia shibori dyed cotton and probably quite a bit older than the other pieces

 This patchwork nagajuban has been pieced from remnants of kanoko silk shibori, most of these have been hairbands used in traditional Japanese hairstyles.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima so it seems a good chance to show this beautiful and moving book that I was introduced to recently. Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako was asked to photograph clothing and other items in the collection of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The garments have been photographed back lit on a light box which adds to their poignancy and sense of fragility. There is a small amount of text which is in both Japanese and English.


I bought my copy from Amazon Japan but it might also be available else where. There is a DVD also.

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: