Friday, January 13, 2017

Weaving Design Book

This small  (18cm x 25cm)  book of hand printed textile designs  is one of a  1903 series entitled 'textile large mirror' . This volume is 'weaving number 3' . It's a concertina style album  and at first looks like the designs have peen pasted in and hand-annotated but the designs and annotations  have actually been  printed directly on to the pages. There are  eleven double page designs (approx 19 x 28cm),  eleven  single page designs and seventeen  smaller designs.  

This is currently on hold and  I will post it on my website if it becomes available. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I've just put this piece of boro on the website. It's a large, very old  futon cover  that's been opened out lengthwise.   The main panel is a piece of tsutsugaki.  Tsutsugaki  is created by drawing a rice-paste resist design on to the fabric with a tsutsu (a cone a bit like an icing bag).  It's then dyed in indigo and sometimes  other colours are added.   The back of the fabric has been extensively patched with  plain, striped and checked indigo - which of course is the bit that we  boro fans love! It dates from late 19th - early 20th century.  The tsutsugaki panel would originally  have been an expensive piece, not something peasant farmers or workers could have bought,  so there will have been an interesting story as to how to came to be in such a humble state.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year of the Rooster! Unfortunately we don't usually get rooster designs on fabrics that come through the shop.  This is a large embroidered woollen antique banner weight (with rabbits on the other side) which lives with me.
I've had a nice peaceful break and will reopen on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to another fabric-filled year. Thank you as always for supporting Wafu Works!

Monday, December 19, 2016

potd - Masks

I've just put these beautiful wooden masks out in the shop and in my online shop.
The first one is a  beautiful Noh theatre mask of a 'fukai' older woman character ($780).  The second is a rather glossy oni demon used in the  onikenbai 'demon sword dance' from Iwate prefecture ($350).

Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Katazome Washi

I've just got in this lovely handmade katazome  (stencil-dyed) paper - A4 size.  I'm selling mixed packs of ten on my website or you can email me if you'd like to select designs.  They're $3.80/sheet.

1. Floral and cranes

2. Autumn squares

3. Grey cranes

4. Red floral

5. Orange floral 

6. Indigo kiku

7.  Fans 

8. Blue Cranes 

9. Colourful Floral

10. Formal kiku 

Monday, December 5, 2016

In store for Christmas...

I'm making up some gift packs  for Christmas and have been having fun making up these little assemblage type gifts: