Saturday, January 23, 2010

my yokohama connection

Kaname, a seller of high-quality yukata fabrics, was able to meet with me when I was in Tokyo this month. Her hometown of Yokohama is a wonderful place to visit with an exciting waterfront, large Chinatown and many cultural sights.

We met up at a Starbucks by the Yokohama JR station and headed to a nearby hotel lobby to check out her suitcase of wares. I chose 11 bolts of vintage, hand-printed cotton for my collection.

Her fabric comes from a supplier who travels the countryside, buying fabric from estates. Whole bolts are readily found as a kimono is made from a single bolt of silk, wool or cotton.

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