I've restocked the cheap ($12!) hanhaba (half-width) obi basket :
Monday, June 13, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Every year I have a de-cluttering 'garage sale' ( in the shop not the garage) to clear out old and/or excess stock, things that are damaged or just a bit too sad looking for the shop. All sorts of things! Fabric, threads, paper, cords, bric-a-brac, kimonos and obis. A few freebies. It's lots of fun! It's on this Sunday 5th June 9am - 1pm. It's open to customers on my newsletter list and online followers and friends - not the general public. I don't put signs out - so just come in. The door opens right on 9am. Hope you can come!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I've started putting out these beautiful little kamon katagami stencils. They probably date from the late 19th century (going on the packets they're in). Each one is about 6cm square and they've been used to stencil kamon (family crests) on to formal garments. Many of them have been cut from old book pages and they've been treated with persimmon tannin which gives them the brown colour and makes them waterproof. I'm putting them out in sets of four ($22) with each design identified. I've been having fun looking up what each one is. This is only a small sample.
Monday, May 16, 2016
I'm sorry I've been very slack with posting! Some photos from around the shop today. I've just put this big bowl out to hold our old indigo textiles. It was my father-in-law's lacquer mixing bowl and is nearly a metre across. I kept thinking it was too big to use in the shop but I'm quite happy with it now.