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.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

children prints

The final bolts of children’s fabric are two rolls of this pattern. ARRIVED.


Here are some available fabrics with all-over or small prints:
The “frog stripe,” third from the top, is French blue on white. The indigo on white, fourth from the top, is one of the oldest bolts I’ve imported. The sixth and seventh ones down have dark indigo (navy blue) backgrounds. The pattern second from the bottom has a blue-gray background with an indigo print.


Indigo and white geometrics are generally used for men’s yukatas.

The bottom one has some sage green in the background. The third one from the bottom has a pale denim blue in the background.