Thursday, September 29, 2011

bold butterflies

This delightful and deluxe yukata bolt inspires thoughts of hot summer days and pretty little girls.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

painterly poppies

This striped yukata cotton design is reminiscent of pillow ticking material—although with a much bigger and bolder design. Although the design is old-fashioned, the fabric is newer—being machine printed instead of hand-dyed.

The weight of this cotton fabric is heavier—perhaps for a formal obi.


This red and white yukata design is sparse and modern. The pattern is woven, like a kasuri cotton. It reminds me of the designs of Charles and Ray Eames of the early sixties.

Monday, September 5, 2011

cosmo blossoms

This bold yukata bolt was found in a trunk at an estate sale in Los Angeles. It’s exactly what fabric lovers appreciate—a traditional pattern with a modern feel.

The large blossoms are dark pink with yellow centers while the  leaves are captured in white linework.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

baby silk bolt, no. 2

Similar to the previous bolt, this fabric is used for making a Japanese baby cloth. The water is fierce and the sky is becoming black as the cranes fly to safety.

It is a very dramatic piece of dyed silk.


baby silk bolt, no. 1

This small silk bolt is used for making a baby cloth. It features cranes—rather like our legend of the cranes bringing the baby home.

The pattern changes throughout the roll and includes an area of midnight sky with a full mooon.

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