kokeshi and dolls
while on a day trip to Tokyo, Bryan took us to a shop dealing in old/antique textiles
he told us we had 15 minutes there, I’m certain he was wondering how he was ever going to get us to leave!
I was only limited by my budget and the size of my suitcase!
it was my birthday – and Cynthia’s, too. She bought me this piece of silk that I was admiring
it is a hand drawn/dyed scrap from the lining of a man’s haori
the silk was extremely fragile, kimonos are always folded in exactly the same way and over time the silk disintegrates. It was almost beyond saving, with double-sided, iron on interfacing I backed it with new silk and trimmed off some of the holes.
the center fold is now secure
and I can now enjoy it
there was a Japanese doll making class going on at the shop, using old kimono silks
over the years I have collected a number of kokeshi
the pair in the front were a gift from Mrs. Saki Kato, a lady Bryan took us to visit
she is an artist and also makes fantastic kokeshi with a wood burning technique
I love visiting other people’s studios