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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

potd - New Sarasa

The annual Patchwork Shop Hop starts today (see post below) so I'll be expecting a lot of quilters in the shop over the next few weeks. Our  kimono fabrics are well suited to non-traditional and art quilts but we do stock a range of new Japanese cotton quilting fabrics for traditional quilting as well.
This is my favourite new cotton in the shop at the moment - it's lovely and soft with a quite open weave.  The design is  based on traditional Japanese 'sarasa',  which in turn were based on printed cottons imported from India as far back as the 17th century.

Shop Hop

The annual Southern Patchwork Shop Hop starts today and continues until the 7th November. Spend at least $10 in each of the shops to receive a gift bag and go into the draw for one of six big baskets of prizes. You can just go along to any of the shops to sign up.  This is my second year in the Shop Hop. It's a great way to introduce the shop to new customers and also for me to get to know some of the owners of other fabric shops in the Hobart area.
For customers it's a chance to support local businesses and see what they have in stock...even for non-quilters.