kimono and belt that I ordered about two months ago arrived.
Kimono is the Kurume Gasuri, the belt is Yonezawa Tsumugi.It is very light weight and easy to wear.It's so comfortable more than silk one.
Recently, the president of the Kimono company told me that the number of craftworkers decreasing, so maybe it will be gone after several decades.
I wish that such traditional fabrics will remain in Japan forever. (About Kurume-Gasuri)
Early in the 19th century, It was started with a 12 year old girl with a hint of husky thread of a piece of cotton old cloth.
After that, in addition to the fact that Kurume clan, which is the southwest part of Fukuoka prefecture, encouraged as an industry, by improving techniques such as picture - stick technique and small - sasemi technique, the Kurume cloth, large - sized petite kasuri, and picture kasuri etc, It has developed as a cotton cloth crusher producing area with characteristic technology without it.
It is a kind of cloth, typically of hemp, or cotton with hazed patterns of reserved white against a deep indigo-blue ground.
Kurume Gasuri is the one of the best-known Kasuri textiles in Japan as the same as Bingo and Iyo. (About Yonezawa Tsumugi)
Yonezawa still remains the scent of the history of Edo, the northernmost textile producing area in Japan.
A generic term for fabrics produced from the Yonezawa district, Yamagata Prefecture. The lord Uesugi Takayama (Enza) encourages the planting of mulberry and hemp, and begins by introducing contraction technology from Ojiya. Tsumugi (tsumugi) · crepe (crape) · Hakata · Kihachijo etc. are woven.
Miracle Shibori Story... Finally, long-awaited Japan trip, Spring 2017, carefully focused and planned around textiles (#Kasuri , #Shibori , #Sashiko , #Indigo 🌿, etc)... I researched to make certain our one full day would allow a visit to the #ArimatsuShibori Tie-Dyeing Museum in Arimatsu, Nagoya. However, upon arriving, we discover the museum closed😥! I wail, "We've come all this way, how sad!" to my 80 yr-old aunt and spry traveling companion. At that moment, "Arimatsu Angel" appears at the darkened museum doors with a large bundle, and affirms "Hai (Yes), it is closed. I came to see if the museum might tell me more about these Shibori. Wizened, smiling, "Arimatsu Angel" pulls out a length of one of her Shibori and offers it, "Here, for you, omiyage (gift)! Stunned, shocked, I gasp, vigorously shaking my head, "Oh no, arigatogozaimasu (thank you very much) it's kirei (beautiful), but I can't accept this generous gift," (flustered, thinking, "How can she do this, she doesn't know me?!"). She insists, persisting. I thank her profusely, politely refusing, but she won't accept "no." And, in the end, I am moved to tears, humbled, amazed at this, yet again another miracle, one in a string of such undeserved, unexpected miracles and gifts on this trip. Disappointment to joy, grace gift⭐. Remembering the significance of this Japan visit re-ignited the fire to re-explore dyeing (this time #ecodye 🥀), making, #mending , recycling, #upcycling fabric and clothing, #stitching . More Japan textile miracle stories and photos to follow... Now, in kronos time, as I ponder 🤔 designing a bed #quilt using the Kasuri fabric (previous post), wondering 🤔about making it double-sided, using this Shibori length and incorporating white cotton muslin. What do you think? By the way, can anyone tell me anything you might know about this Shibori design? I am still trying to learn more about the Kasuri pattern of my previous post. I appreciate knowing the history and design origins of textiles I use, so help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!😊 #slowstitching#handstitch#handmade#sashikoembroidery#textileart#kurumekasuri#meditativestitching#needlecraft#fibreart#slowliving