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A Short Stack of Sashiko Kotatsu Accessories: Large Squares of Stitched and Layered Cotton

August 7, 2012

I love kotatsu accessories, and by that I mean kotatsugake or the quilted throws that are placed over the heated table where families would congregate to keep warm in winter months.  Very often kotatsugake can be made of sakiori, or ragweave, but in this case, they are made of layered, recycled cotton which have been beautifully sashiko stitched.  Shown here are five similar pieces, but I have others which are much heavier due to the layering of more cotton pieces.And I have them displayed on my beautiful and simply detailed Korean wooden chest.Each kotatsugake is about 60″ or 152 cm square and I think these date to the mid twentieth century.

And those of you in the New York area, please to stop by my weekend showroom sale.

Everything will be 30% off for just two days: Saturday, 11 August (12 noon – 5 PM) and Sunday 12 August (1 PM – 6 PM).

No appointments necessary for this two day event. Directions are here.

**As I’ve never done this before I don’t know if I’ll get 1 or 100 people visiting, so I’m hoping to be as prepared as I can be.

If there are many visitors at once, I ask your patience: my usual method is to book single appointments and work with people one-on-one.**






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Mottainai: The Fabric of Life at the Portland Japanese Garden 4-27 November

October 29, 2011

I’m really pleased to say that the Portland Japanese Garden has asked my close friend and colleague, Kei Kawasaki of Gallery Kei in Kyoto, and me, to mount an exhibition which will run through November.The show, called “Mottainai: The Fabric of Life, Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan,” opens on 4 November and is on view until 27 November.Both Kei and I are planning to show some of the highlights from our collections and we will be exhibiting some extraordinary and rare pieces.  In order to illustrate the breadth of traditional Japanese textiles Kei will be showing bast fiber textiles: wisteria, linden, hemp, ramie, paper, paper mulberry, etc., and I will be showing cotton boro textiles.  I’ll be exhibiting a range of types, from everyday utilitarian textiles to large, complex garments.The images here are details of some of my pieces which will be in the show.We’ll both be in Portland this coming week setting up the show: I’m really looking forward to it.  Kei has produced a beautifully illustrated catalog for the show for which both she and I have contributed essays.  I’ll let you know when it is available.I will be updating the webshop as per usual this Wednesday at 11 AM New York time.  *As I’ll be in Portland until 5 November, any order placed from 30 October through 5 November will be shipped on Monday, 7 November.*If I’m able to do so, this coming week I’ll blog some images from the set-up at the Garden.  Stay tuned….

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