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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October 27, 2012
Many of you are familiar with sekka itajime shibori, or clamp resist dyed shibori which ends up looking something like a flower, in this case, sekka or a snowflower. And as this shibori technique was commonly used for diapers, many of you are used to seeing this type of shibori done small, like this.As sekka shibori is a fairly straightforward and relatively easy-to-do shibori technique, it was used a great deal in old Japan, especially in the 20th century. Here we see it covering a marvelously large area as 6 standard-sized loom widths are machine stitched together to create a futon cover (which is now opened, as shown here). But sekka shibori was also used for undergarments and yukata.In addition to the snowflower motif, you’ll also see an all-over configuration of hexagons. This could be read as kikko or tortoiseshell, and, as you can imagine, it is a traditional motif that conveys wishes for a long life.This is a huge piece. It measures 89″ x 72″ or 226 cm x 183 cm and it’s in quite good condition. Every so often there’s a match head-sized hole, but the cotton is bright white and the indigo is a rich sapphire blue. It was probably made in the 1950s or 60s.
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