Tag Archives: Antique

Antique Japanese Spinning Wheel

IMG_2838I recently found this antique Japanese spinning wheel.  I had to beg the owner to ship it to me in North Carolina. After tinkering with the spindle I love the way it spins.

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Boro kimono made from hand spun furoshiki

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This small kimono for a baby was made out of old material called boro or “rags” pieced together to make usable fabric. The boro material was intended to be the liner but, I have decided to show it off as the shell. the boro material probably came from an indigo dyed tsutsugaki furoshiki or “free hand resist dyed carrying cloth”. These were traditionally given in sets to a new bride and groom and were often dyed with the families mon or “crest”. I love the idea that the newlyweds used it until it became tattered and then remade it into clothing for one of their children. The outer fabric shown below as the liner has a design of small dogs. This fabric was factory made and was meant to replicate a double kasuri or “ikat” material. This fabric shows patches that do not make their way through to the lining material meaning that this material had been used and repaired at the time that it was made into this garment. More than likely it was also a hand me down.IMG_2642IMG_2643IMG_2644IMG_2645IMG_2646

 

 

Kamon Katazome on Antique Indigo Cotton

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This antique katazome of overlapping squares has been hand dyed with indigo on beautiful well worn machine woven cotton. I love the bold design of this fabric and I think there is something really modern about the design. The fabric was more than likely created for a nuptial futonji given to a bride and groom on their wedding. IMG_2530IMG_2529