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Going to Japan

March 25, 2014

BlogJapanI’ll be on a buying trip to Japan until 13 April*–hopefully I’ll find wonderful things that I will upload to the webshop, or that you can see in person if you come to visit the Brooklyn showroom.

I plan on posting images from the road–and do dip into my Instagram feed that will be updated daily.

*any items purchased on the webshop will ship out on 14 April.  I thank you for your patience and understanding.


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A Magnificent and Large Sashiko Stitched Maekake: Superb Katazome Tie

March 15, 2014

Sashiko02In every way this is an exemplary sashiko stitched textile: in its wonderfully regular sashiko stitching; in the hand spun, hand loomed, indigo dyed cotton base cloth; in the superb katazome dyed tie; in its safflower dyed stitched details; in its extravagant size–30 1/2″ x 37 1/2″, 77.5 cm x 95 cm.

Sashiko02aIn fact, this piece is surprising large, much larger than many maekake or aprons I have seen, collected or sold.  Because of this unusually large size, I am am wondering if  this may be a koshimaki or a half-under kimono–although I doubt it.

Sashiko02bLook at the marvelous safflower dyed stitcing, above.  A wonderful surprise.

Sashiko02cAnd have a look at the absolutely wonderful hand spun hand woven, katazome dyed tie, a detail of which can be seen below.  

Sashiko02dIn some ways this is a masterpiece of its type: finding an example as fine as this will prove difficult.  Most likely this dates to the Meiji era (1868 – 1912).


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