When I was in Japan, I was hot to have some indigo dyed fabric. I love fabric in general, and Japanese indigo is very valuable because it strengthens the fabric, makes it insect repellent and is so beautiful.
Now, if I did splurge and buy a length of fabric, I would have problems cutting it up, to make something out of it.
When I was at Abeke House, there were four Japanese ladies traveling together. They were very kind to me, including me in the conversation, making sure I understood what I needed to, praising me for knowing how to eat a whole fish and use chopsticks, making jokes and being excellent companions.
Earlier, I had given my host a gift of Kona coffee. I heard one of the four ladies say in Japanese – Kona kohi -(koh-hee – sp?) . By her animation, I could tell she appreciated it’s great taste. So I gave them a bag of Kona coffee too.
She then gave me this:
It’s a piece of indigo made into a tissue holder and the opening is shaped like a cat. I love it.
The inside is lined with a piece of recycled kimono silk.
Now I have a piece of indigo fabric, I don’t have to decide what to make with it and it reminds me of one of my favorite evenings.
What is one of your favorite gifts?
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