Saturday, April 23, 2011

appealing abstract

This bolt is powerfully graphic with its combination of the darkest indigo and bright white. ARRIVED. IN GREAT SHAPE.

crisp kasuri

Printed in two shades of indigo, this bolt emulates woven kasuri cotton. ARRIVED. CRISP AND FRESH.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

little flowers

This bright blue bolt is fresh with posies and white linework. ARRIVED. THE ROYAL BLUE IS DUTCH-LOOKING WITH THE WHITE LINES AND FLOWERS.

regal and rich

Dulled magenta with gray and citrone make a sophisticated palette on this premium yukata cotton bolt. ARRIVED. GORGEOUS COLORS.

yukata roses

This garden of roses covers 12 yards of yukata cotton. Check out the “book repeat” in the pattern on the right. ARRIVED. PRETTY AND COLORFUL.

subtle dragonflies

Red striped flowers and yellow sakura blossoms take center stage with low-contrast dragonflies in the background. ARRIVED. THIS COTTON HAS A LIGHT AND OPEN WEAVE.

checkerboard charm

These two bolts have fun checkerboard graphics. Dare to be different. ARRIVED. VERY DELIGHTFUL.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

colorful and pretty

I am pleased to have found an exceptional bolt of yukata cotton. With expedited shipping, it will be here within the week. ARRIVED. THIS BOLT IS MACHINE PRINTED BUT OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.

batik-style beauty

The design of this kimono silk is unexpected. It looks like it has been batik printed but that is not a typical fabric manufacturing process in Japan. Once I get my hands on this bolt, I’ll see if I can determine more about how it was made. ARRIVED. THIS FLOWING BOLT OF SILK WAS CUT INTO BIG PIECES FOR MAKING A KIMONO!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

spectacular silk

This antique embroidered fabric was created for a luscious obi. The bolt is about one half the length of a yukata bolt—approximately six yards. ARRIVED. THIS IS A VERY HEAVY WEAVE OF RAW SILK. THE BOLT WOULD MAKE A REMARKABLE TABLE RUNNER.

Friday, April 8, 2011

gorgeous painterly silk

This silk bolt is rich with its hanabishi flowered family crest motif. ARRIVED. LOVELY FLOWING SILK. BOTH SIDES ARE DIFFERENT—AND BEAUTIFUL.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

shibori-styled silk

Although I typically buy yukata cottons, this vibrant bolt of silk was too hard to resist. The small pattern, woven into the background, is based on Japanese shibori dyeing. ARRIVED. THIS OBI BOLT IS VIVID!

expo 70

Remember the world exposition in Osaka in 1970? Here’s a bolt of yukata cotton patterned with the Expo 70 logo. Obviously the graphic was styled after traditional Japanese motifs because it doesn’t look like a commercial logo on this fabric. ARRIVED. BRIGHT AND CRISP.

Monday, April 4, 2011

pop-art sakuras

This is a bold interpretation of Japan’s beloved cherry blossom motif. ARRIVED. THIS BOLT IS GORGEOUS. I WILL DEFINITELY BE PLAYING WITH SOME OF THIS.

Friday, April 1, 2011

filigree lanterns

This highly unusual pattern of classic Japanese lanterns reminds me of a Parisian-style motif. Throughout the fabric design are little dots of muted colors. ARRIVED. I’VE NEVER SEEN A PATTERN LIKE THIS.