I've just put quite a lot of these ‘miyako yuzen katagami’ in the shop and on my website . They date from the mid- 20th century and were sold in sets , sometimes with a frame, for use at home or possibly by small home-based textile businesses. Like all katagami they’re made from Japanese paper treated with persimmon tannin to prevent rotting. The designs are relatively simple and apparently were often cut by young, less-experienced craftsmen who would cut around ten sheets at a time. They measure 26.5cm x 45cm. They’re in excellent, sturdy condition and are suitable for use as stencils or for framing, covering lamps etc.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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 album is now available for sale on my website.
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.