April 25, 2013
It’s been too long since I’ve last posted here, the reason being that I returned from Japan with a lot of antique Japanese folk textiles I found on my buying trip, and getting them all ready to show is time consuming.
I’ll be rolling out these new items on the webshop, with a good line-up to be shown this coming Wednesday, May 1 at 11 AM NY time.
Shown here is a wonderfully patched, large boro futon cover I just found on my trip. The combination of the geometric katazome cloth overlaid by the random–and many–patches is gorgeous. I was really happy when I found this one.
The indigo dyed cotton background shows a repeat pattern of hexagons or kikko, the traditional tortoiseshell pattern. This design conveys a wish for long life.
The hand loomed cotton is gauzy, very soft and drapey. The color is a beautifully faded indigo, softened from decades of wear.
The size is nice. It’s 60″ x 48″ or 152.5 cm x 122 cm and it probably dates to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
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February 22, 2013
Since I specialize in indigo dyed cotton boro textiles, today I thought I would show a variation on this theme by posting images of a silk and cotton piece-constructed han juban, a half under-kimono.
In old Japan, many han juban were made by piecing together scraps of cloth and no doubt you’ve seen examples on this blog. In this case, both indigo dyed cotton and silk fragments were pieced together using a very strident and noticeable stitching, much of it done using hemp thread.
On the above photo you can see how direct the stitching on this han juban is.
And above you will see a detail of the collar area: the bottom part of the collar is indigo dyed cotton and the top is of nice, 19th century katazome silk.
And the inside is very interesting, as well, with more examples of piece construction.
The back, too, has interesting details.
I think this piece probably dates to the Meiji era (1868-1912) and it measures 30″,76 cm from shoulder to hem x 48″, 122 cm from sleeve tip to sleeve tip.
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