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An Itajime Shibori Apron: Asa-no-ha Pattern

Written on January 16, 2011

In front of the big, boro yogi that I featured in a previous post, today I am showing a hand woven cotton apron which is dyed in indigo using the itajime or clamp dye method, a form of shibori.

Itajime dyeing may be familiar to many of you, and often the pattern dyed in itajime shibori is that of a sekka or snow flower, like this piece here.In the case of this cotton apron, the pattern is a bit more complex than sekka: this pattern is very traditional an very Japanese, and is called asa-no-ha or a stylized hemp leaf.

Just beautiful, isn’t it?  I don’t think it was ever used as a garment as it does not show signs of wear.And of course the entire garment is hand stitched.

It measures 24″ x 36″ or 61 cm x 91.5 cm.

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  1. Comment by indiana:

    exquisite and such a sensible crossover design

    January 16, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

  2. Comment by Kathryn:

    Beautiful! I treasure opening up your blog to see such beautiful pieces. Looking forward to your shop update this week, hoping those sake straining bags you featured recently will be up.

    January 17, 2011 @ 12:35 pm