Between Two Storms
October 9, 2014
After having my head down working for a month at FurugiStar, I have looked up to find I am sitting in Tokyo between two of the biggest typhoons on earth this year.
After all the hype, I was a little let down by last week’s typhoon. Let’s hope next weekend the storm has a little more omph! (Not too much, mind).
All this has temporarily slowed my progress as far as sourcing and photography go, but allows me a well earned sit down.
There is nothing quite like working to the sounds of a typhoon while safely tucked up indoors behind your desk.
The shibori haori above, washed with stormy seas, reminds me of the most famous of Hokkusai’s 100 views of Fuji. Let’s hope the waves are as beautiful, but not as big, when Vongfong finally arrives.
So, many new items are in store for the coming busy season. And, lots more to come. The main theme, of course, will be indigo artisan folk textiles.
Although, I can’t help digging through racks of vintage haori to find light and airy jackets that have become so popular in Western fashion these days.
My favourite at the moment would be this sheer black haori with a simple, sophisticated kamon on the the back.
This would coordinate so easily with your festive evening wear.
May I mention the ‘C’ word? Too soon? Christmas is coming and there are also plenty of gift ideas in store.
There is still time to contact me if there are any Japanese textiles or gifts not listed at the moment.
Well, on to the main theme. Let’s start with tsutsugaki, which is always exciting to find. These two striking examples would make a strong focal point in your home decor.
Both of these textiles are artisan made furoshiki made with hand loomed cotton.
Nori (rice paste) was applied by hand before dipping in natural indigo dye.
The name of the the original owner is written on the corner of each one.
Often FurugiStar is full of indigo blue, and why not?! But I can never resist indigo greens.
These Meiji era plates are particularly rare in green and coordinate so well.
I have been lucky enough to find a large batch of zokin. I have so many variations. I still haven’t managed to list them all. My favourites would have to be the simple, faded shades of blue and green indigo.
Perfect as a wall hanging or throw over furniture. Precious cotton scraps were gathered and sewn together to make this textile, which was most likely once part of a futon cover.
I will be using the next couple of days to source as much as possible before the moody clouds set in again. I can’t wait for the fresh blue skies to come. Perhaps it will being Japan’s crispy clean autumn, too.
So, finally, I would like to share the love on Etsy with a typhoon-inspired treasury.
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