Monday, December 27, 2010

brush-stroke blossoms

An arty bolt with fuschia, mauve and gold highlighting black linework on a rich blue background. ARRIVED.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

squiggle bolts

Two new bolts: one patterned with a big, bold squiggles and the other with messy, blue lines. ARRIVED.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

wow bolts

For this festive time of the year, here are some fun new bolts. The op-art one, at top, is really quite remarkable. ARRIVED.

simple geo

I like this geo because the background color to the indigo pattern is pale grey. ARRIVED.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

for the young at heart

Four fun yukata bolts from a new-found dealer in Osaka. I expect the shipment to arrive before my February Trunk Show at Fabric Crush. ARRIVED.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

quilter’s choice

This is the type of fabric many traditional quilters desire—a solid repeating pattern.

The bamboo twigs and leaves remind me of the Bamboo Forest in Arishiyama, outside of Kyoto. Bicycling through the dense growth, the air was almost green from the surrounding trees.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

give me color

These colorfully dyed cotton bolts are designed for single women. Dressed in bright and eye-catching yukatas, Japan’s young women glide around the summer festivals in hopes of attracting a mate. ARRIVED.

themes on indigo

Bolts dyed with indigo plus color represent a wonderful hybrid of traditional and contemporary in today’s Japan. Another butterfly pattern emerges in the motif of the bottom bolt. ARRIVED.

kid bolts

I’m always pleased to get my hands on cotton bolts for children’s yukatas. ARRIVED.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

local find

A gal out of Oregon is liquidating her stash so I acquired this colorful bolt. ARRIVED.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

kyoto klassics

I’m thrilled to have acquired these gorgeous indigo and white bolts from an antique warehouse in Kyoto. ARRIVED.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

indigo with color

These bolts are soft to the touch and rich with color. Can you see the butterflies in the one on the left? ARRIVED.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

japanese stripes

Crisp blue and white stripes with a Japanese detail. ARRIVED.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

tokamachi finds

These bolts are coming from the small city of Tokamachi, due north of Tokyo. The one of the left is a modern leaf pattern and the one on the right has dragonflies! ARRIVED.

Friday, November 26, 2010

my first haori

I’m constantly tempted to import silk kimonos, vintage yukatas, bolts of silk and other Japanese treasures. This black twill silk overjacket with painted chrysanthemums won my heart and is the first haori I’ve purchased. ARRIVED.

morning glory bolt

I bought this bolt from an Osaka antique store that charges way too much for shipping. Obviously I couldn’t resist the delectable pattern and unusual pale blue background. ARRIVED.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

hiroshima bolt

This vintage bolt is from an antique shop just north of Hiroshima. The neutral gray background adds richness to the simple color design. ARRIVED.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

newest bolts

The top fabric looks exceptionally special. The next four are all tradition blue and white patterns, with the top right for a sumo wrestler’s robe (sumo#kirishima). ARRIVED.