Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
There is no shortage of geometric yukata cottons. They were produced for men’s summer kimonos and, well, half of Japan’s population is of that persuasion.
I have a huge collection of indigo and white geometrics. What I have learned over time is that the quality of cotton rolled onto small round cores is much finer than cotton in folded bolts.
Knowing that these fabrics are great “fillers” for quilters, I keep my eyes open for unique designs. The top pattern is crisp with high contrast while the second one is sketchy and subdued. Both will have a place in a future quilt, I’m sure.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The background is cobalt blue—dyed with indigo to a few shades lighter than navy.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
I really like the clarity of these patterns—clean and bright, traditional yet modern.
An obi bolt holds about 6 yards of fabric—half the amount of a yukata bolt. The designs are always stunning as they are an accent accessory for a kimono ensemble.
Like a flower to a butterfly, an obi is the eye-catching detail for a young Japanese man to notice on his lovely lady.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Worn under a formal kimono, a juban keeps the silk from becoming dirty or stained. This delightful bolt is lightweight and translucent—shall I say radiant?
Traditionally a juban was made of white cotton. Today colors and patterns abound for this undergarment.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Textiles from Japan, especially the woven fabrics, are sublimely crafted.
I keep all the paper labels. If they are bent, I actually give them a quick press. They are great for scrapbookers who appreciate older Japanese graphics.