July 2, 2009
This post is the final one in a series on Sometsukasa Yoshioka, the fifth-generation botanical dyeworks located in Kyoto, Japan, which is under the direction of the master dyer and cultural historian, Sachio Yoshioka. If you have missed the previous posts, feel free to scroll down to the very first one where I introduce the Yoshioka and offer some context for understanding the importance of this dyeworks.
But today we’ll go shopping.
Yoshioka’s botanically dyed products are beautiful and available for sale at his small shops in Kyoto and Tokyo–some larger department stores in Japan also sell his work, but the entire line can be seen at his tiny and jewel-like stand- alone stores. The Kyoto store is located in the Shinmonzen Antique District, in Gion, the famous geisha dsitrict. The Shinmonzen area is comprised of just a few streets, so you will easily find the shop if you look.
Shown above are ramie cloth cushions dyed in myriad colors; below are silk organza scarves dyed in botanical dyes. The shop shows beautiful items such as totes and bags in several sizes, gorgeous, simple pouches, coasters, and noren or door coverings. By all means, go and investigate this amazing little shop where color comes to life and where you will no doubt be seduced into acquiring something for yourself and others.