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A Scrap of Sashiko Stitched Cloth, Edo Period Katazome Dyed Hemp, and an Antique Soba Mixing Bowl

March 3, 2010

Today I am showing some photos that are about mood, texture and materials.Soba1The rolled and tied sashiko stitched cotton fragment sits in a hand carved soba noodle dough mixing bowl along with a ball of indigo, katazome dyed  Edo komon hemp cloth which was taken from a kamishimo.Soba1aThe massive wooden bowl, which was carved and hollowed from the cross section of a single tree, shows a metal plate that mends its lip.  The bowl’s wood is deeply colored, rich in patina and beautifully heavy.Soba1bIn the photo above, note the surface of the bowl’s interior.Soba1cAn old piece of indigo dyed cotton kasuri or ikat cloth is used to tie the sashiko stitched bundle.

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Two Full Bolts of Antique Arimatsu Shibori

March 1, 2010

Shown today are two full tan or bolts of indigo dyed cotton shibori from Arimatsu, Japan, Arimatsu being one of  Japan’s great shibori producing centers.

ShibGroup1Within the cities of Arimatsu and Narumi, countless families were engaged in all aspects of shibori making and finishing, and within this hotbed of shape resist dyeing, amazing technical innovations flourished during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.ShibGroup1aPictured on the left in the photo above is a bolt of indigo dyed cotton showing the shirokage or white shadow technique, the pattern being that of the tortoise shell or kikko.ShibGroup1bThe bolt on the right, above, seems to be  a vertical, fine wood grain (tate komokume) type of arashi or pole-wrapped shibori. A similar example is shown in Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shape Resist Dyeing on page 176, figure 245.ShibGroup1c

ShibGroup1dThe cotton is both hand spun and hand woven, and is gorgeous to the touch.

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