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Travel Japan – More Shopping — Fabric Store

During my last trip, I found a three story fabric store.

I found it again this trip and got some sashiko thread in colors I still needed. I was enchanted by this fabric. It is sturdy and textured, yet soft.

And this border print felt so smooth, like a fine percale.

I noticed Hawaiian print fabric there. It was about $10. a yard, which is about the same as here in Hawaii for the better quality fabric.

Last time I was there I bought these patterns.

Even though they are in Japanese, I thought I could figure them out based on the diagrams.

Cotton yukata are so comfortable to wear. I bought this hand painted fabric here to make one.

They give me joy just looking at them. XD

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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Abundance, Japan

 

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Travel Japan — Indigo Dye

In Japan, my tour guide Kiyo from Esprit Travel and Tours, took me to Aizen Kobo Workshop.

Lucky for me, one of my friends in Hawaii asked me to bring her back some sashiko thread. And lucky for me, Kiyo listened to all my requests and fit in everything I wanted to do.

Sashiko stiches by gina pina

Since we were already in the textile district, we got there easily.

Japanese indigo used for dying is unique. No other dyes give the dark eggplant blue color. The dye actually strengthens the fabric and repels snakes and mosquitoes.

In the shop I got to see what looked like a huge ceramic garden pot, huge and tall. It was bubbling over a heat source. Foam floated on top and it had an unusual odor. Not unpleasant but not an odor that would make you want to eat it. The foam and the liquid were dark blue. The son of Aizen Kobo stirred the vat with a long stick. He said it is living and he had to stir in oxygen to keep it as he wanted it. These are my words. In an article from Wingspan, the inflight magazine from All Nippon Airways, it tells about a living bacteria that must be kept warm and is fed a special diet of wheat bran, limestone, ash lye and sake.

The fabric is costly because it can take up to 4 months of dyeing and drying in the sun to obtain the darkest blue color.

In the shop I saw various pieces of fabric that were tied for dyeing and many beautiful finished products and bolts of fabric.

Here is the sashiko thread I bought.

They felt so healthy next to the more anemic one I bought later at a fabric shop. I was sorry to part with them. I felt the connection to history and human touch in them.

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Posted by on November 15, 2010 in Abundance, Japan

 

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