September 17, 2013
Those of you who follow my webshop know that I regularly offer for sale zokin. Zokin are traditional Japanese dust rags which are hand stitched from leftover or re-purposed cotton cloth.
I just love zokin. Each time I travel to Japan I buy all those that I can find if I’m lucky to find any at all. I’m voracious in acquiring them not only because I like them so much, but also because they are harder and harder to find, like all Japanese folk textiles.
Ask any Japanese friend and they’ll tell you that they stitched their own zokin in first grade and that they used it to clean their desk and classroom. Zokin are ingrained in Japanese culture.
Most zokin are hand stitched from about four layers of recycled cloth and they are usually stitched in the manner of those shown here, using broad sashiko stitching. Sometimes they show fancier sashiko stitching, but the type on this page are most common.
Many of those who buy these zokin actually use them in the home, either as a place mat or for presentation, placing a zokin under a special ceramic piece or a vase of flowers. Stay tuned to the webshop as I will be listing these zokin from time to time.
In: Tags: boro, sashiko, zokin
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September 5, 2013
Since I acquired this kimono a few years ago I’ve loved it. It’s a dip-dyed or okkochizome shibori garment which is made of heavy, hand loomed, striped cotton and it was made in Kyushu.
The indigo is deep, velvety and warm in color. The shibori is stitched, and the images are raw, bold and rustic–most of their meanings I am unable to decipher.
What’s interesting is that the cotton is of such a heavy weight which is unusual for this type of garment; the weight is almost like a very light weight cotton canvas.
I love that the images are so large in relation to the garment. For example, the flower shown above measures 11 1/2″ in diameter.
The kimono itself measures 53″ x 50″ or 134.5 cm x 127 cm. It was probably made in the second quarter of the twentieth century.
In: Tags: shibori
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