I've had trouble keeping up with the blog over the summer but now the kids are back at school and Takashi's gone back to Japan for a while I should be able to post more regularly. Today I'm posting some recent additions to the shop...
First are two panels of old Iyo-gasuri which is kasuri from Matsuyama city, very near to where we have our Japanese home in Ehime prefecture on Shikoku. Iyo is the old name for Ehime. I'm sure I'll write more about kasuri in the future. Basically it is Japanese ikat where the warp and/or weft threads are tie-dyed before weaving. Where undyed sections of warp and weft thread meets the pattern will be white. The lighter blue/grey colour is created where only the weft threads are undyed. These pieces are e-gasuri or 'picture kasuri'. The one on the left is a koi carp and on the right is a Daruma with a butterfly, toy drum and pine tree. These panels would orginally have been parts of futon covers and probably date from the early 20th century.
Next are some very simple but interesting old wooden print blocks. I can't tell you much about them I'm afraid, even whether they were used on fabric or some sort of paper (possibly fusuma screen doors?) but they have a nice humble character and we have a basket of them.
And finally, I've put out quite a lot more obi of various ages, styles, sizes, fibres, textures and condition.