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A Six Panel Itajime Shibori Futonji: Sekka and Kikko

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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Ishidou-ji in Shiga Prefecture: The Oldest Stone Pagoda in Japan

October 19, 2012

When I was in Japan, a friend introduced me to one of his favorite temples, Ishidou-ji in Shiga Prefecture.  Its stone pagoda is said to be the oldest in Japan, dating to the Nara Period (710-794).  Here are some photos from that morning.

The minimal, ancient form of the three tiered pagoda is beautiful–and it’s the reason we ventured to this fairly remote place.

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Some Images from My Recent Sourcing Trip to Japan

October 17, 2012




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First Posting from Japan: Impressions of Gallery Kei

October 7, 2012

Gallery Kei in Kyoto is heaven for a lover of Japanese folk textiles, and I always make sure to enjoy plenty of time and conversation there, as I did today.  Here are some impressions from this visit…and I hope this busy trip to Japan affords me more time to shoot photos and post them..



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Going to Japan–Stay Tuned for Images from the Road

October 3, 2012

Today I’m leaving for Japan to source new textiles–and I’ll be posting images from the road, so keep checking back in.

The webshop’s next update will be 0n 17 October, 11 AM New York time, so please have a look then!

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