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For Sale at D. Bryant Archie –

Sep 20, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Since doing my first post on D. Bryant Archie just under a year ago an online shop has been added to the website. Here you can purchase Bryant’s own designs as well as one-of-a-kind items like these pillows made from vintage Japanese and Nigerian fabrics.

Fiber Futures –

Aug 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers is presented by the Japan Society in New York and will run from September 16th – December 18th. From their website:

…The works on display range from ethereal silk and hemp to paper pulp and synthetic fiber using methods that are sometimes deeply traditional, but sometimes employ the latest weaving and dyeing technology along with an environmentally conscious “green” ethos. Moving far beyond traditional utility, Japan’s textile pioneers fuse past and present to create innovative, beautiful and sometimes challenging works of art.

A Length of Sarasa –

Mar 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Events in Japan weigh heavily, not only for the well-being of all those directly involved in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, but for what these events say about our collective human plight. The textile above isn’t Japanese, but was made in India in the late 17th / early 18th century for the Japanese market. It’s a small reminder of the long history of our global interconnectedness. Here’s a link to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database entry on the piece.  (It’s referred to as a “length of Sarasa”, a term I’m not familiar with.)

Etsuko Furuya –

Nov 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Japanese fabric designer Etsuko Furuya makes function decorative in prints capturing cars, cameras, sunglasses, buses and bicycles. It’s anti-decoration decoration. Available at Super Buzzy, among other sites.

Yorke Antique Textiles –

Nov 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment

There are lots of beautiful things to look at and read about at Yorke Antique Textiles.  A detail of an early 20th century design for a Japanese kimono is pictured above.

Kimono Boy –

May 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

Some finds are particularly exciting and this is one of them! Kimono Boy offers a wide spectrum of vintage Japanese folk textiles and even if you’re not in the market (items aren’t cheap) exploring the site is an education, and a visual feast.

Above is  an image of a mid twentieth century “Zokin” pictured in their gallery of recently sold textiles. The site’s item description underscores the wastefulness of today’s throw-away consumer culture:

Zokins have been used for centuries in Japanese homes, temples, and schools to hand clean wooden floors and tatami mats. Zokins were made from layered pieces of old fabric held together with sashiko stitching. They were boro patched regularly as holes appeared, reused again and again.

Kasuri Home –

Mar 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Catalina Arocena is a painter and theatrical production designer. She also creates custom quilts, pillows, throws, and curtains out of vintage Japanese textiles. Above is a detail from a pair of  curtain panels currently offered at her website Kasuri Home.

Tenugui –

Feb 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Tenugui is brand new to me but I still know it’s love. Makari Japanese Antiques in NYC has what looks like a sumptuous collection. More modest (but still very appealing) variations can be found at Tortoise General Store in Venice, California. Here’s Makari’s description of the cloth:

Tenugui is cotton cloth, used mainly as a towel, or head coverinig, was one of the most common house hold items up until a few decades ago,  when the terry cloth towel became popular.  Now they are valued for their aesthetics (because of the various patterns and designs), rather that for practical use.  they are commonly used now as Placemats or for decoration.

Marcuson & Hall –

Feb 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The annual San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show took place this weekend and one of the stand-out exhibitors was Marcuson & Hall with their collection of eye-popping antique kimonos and haori. A beautiful and very informative virtual exhibition of these works is on display at their website.

Above, a summer kimono from the first quarter of the 20th century.

Furoshiki –

May 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

From the website by the same name:

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning “bath spread”, derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sento (public baths). Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki was known as hiradzutsumi, or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki’s usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.

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