Wednesday, February 29, 2012

delicately romantic

The neutral colors and fine linework of this subdued pattern draw you in to appreciate its understated finery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

non-stop brights

Nothing subdued about this bolt. It just screams—pick me, pick me.

Monday, February 27, 2012

punchy pink

Here's something different—a luscious deep pink background with riotous camellias.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


This pristine bolt with its wide open spaces and intricately patterned butterflies is a charming take on the standard version of white and indigo yukata cotton designs.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

evening transformation

There is a moment in the day when the light fades and everything becomes an iridescent blue. This monochromatic bolt reminds me of that fleeting moment.

Friday, February 24, 2012


It takes a minute to realize that this crazy colorful pattern is all about goldfish. Click on the image to make it bigger and check them out. I have never seen a bolt like this before.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

color and more color

What is the best way to describe this background color? It reminds me of some faraway warm place. Then the highly textured blossoms and black leaves make this pattern more exotic.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

magic garden

Diagonals waterways, big patches of mustard, dancing butterflies and mauve irises infuse this bolt with a surreal aura.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

visual unity

Like a melodious song, this summer bolt creates a harmony with the glowing green background and neutral-colored pattern.

Monday, February 20, 2012

iris border

Seductive with its stripes of leaves and iris flowers on one half of this blue-gray bolt, the pattern draws you in to appreciate it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

rhodie blooms

Big, bold and brash, this all-over composition grabs your attention with it high use of white on indigo.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

brushstroke madness

This one is wild. I like the colors and the changing brush stroke widths. The background with the deepest black and spring green add to its crazy composition.

Friday, February 17, 2012

graphic morning glories

Three design details make this almost-standard morning glory pattern special—rendering the forms with stripes, the expert color gradations and the lyrical flowing composition.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

tangerine carnival

Wow. Unusual, energetic and punchy are all ways to describe this remarkable bolt.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

feeling regal

Here is a world just filled with butterflies—the traditional symbol of royalty in Japan. The purple background adds to the glamor.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

russet warmth

Beige, butterscotch, brown and a sage green on a rich rust background make an appealing Fall palette.

Monday, February 13, 2012

modern indigo

The white graphic areas create a high contrast with the blue and black roses—for a decidedly more contemporary feel.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

quietly simple

This bolt is precious for its handsome and straightforward design. This type of design would be made into a yukata for a young married woman—not showy but truly pleasing.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

fireworks extravaganza

Why does Seattle buy its fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration from a Japanese company? Because they create the most stunning productions. Look at the big burst with the smaller ones cascading down in the foreground.

Friday, February 10, 2012

copenjapan blue and yellow

This color combo is truly Dutch—deep blue and lemon yellow on Japanese yutaka cotton.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

gauguin tulips

Bold brushstrokes in green, yellow and white are springtime fresh on bright indigo. (I've got tickets to the last afternoon of the Gauguin show at Seattle Art Museum!)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

bamboo and sakura

A pretty combination of periwinkle blue, violet, pink and doeskin on bright grass green.

Monday, February 6, 2012

guaranteed incredible

No color image can reproduce the lushness of this cranberry bolt with indigo/yellow flowers and slate gray leaves.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

pure japan

This is as classic as it gets with a crisp white floral pattern hand-dyed with indigo.

Friday, February 3, 2012

iconic lilies

Incredible white lilies on a remarkable background of coral pink.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

the voice of bold

Unexpected in its shapes and colors, this is a brilliant bolt of turquoise, royal blue, pink and yellow with a counterpoint of black.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

detailed yet manly

Not at all feminine or lacy, this bolt has intricate, interlocking patterns in indigo, white and light tan.