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baked in the sun

July 6, 2011

the kakishibu has been out in the sun all day for 6 days and is considerably darker

clockwise from top left; 2 different Japanese shifu papers, the right one was top dyed over an onion skin yellow, arashi shibori linen, cotton sheeting which was dyed last summer and again last week, skeins of handspun bamboo, cotton/hemp blend, a previously chemically dyed cotton ( irregular mauve) and 2 bundles of thrums, linen and hemp, paper, linen. The bamboo did not take the dye consistently and is not very dark.





the damask pattern on the linen napkin shines subtly.



oh, I have a new book, The Origins of Banana-Fibre Cloth in the Ryukyus, Japan., author, Katrien Hendrickx. Published by Leuven University Press.

 not exactly a picture book, it is very technical and scholarly. I spent 2 weeks in Naha in the Okinawa Islands and fell in love with the unique textiles produced there.







don’t think I’ll be planting banana trees any time soon.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 6:15 am

    whoa! i have 5-6 banana trees and have always wanted to do something w.the cuttings.
    wish i could get to the ryukyus.
    re kakishibu: i ordered it from in the u.s.


  2. July 9, 2011 5:01 am

    –as does your first photo !


  3. July 9, 2011 5:01 am

    lovely. i hope to try my k. when i return from WA. is the book worth it? looks wonderful–


  4. July 7, 2011 8:05 pm

    I love the sublte browns and greys of the kakishibu dye. I wuold have thought you could find a few banana trees in Vic? There are a few on S.S.


  5. July 6, 2011 7:55 pm

    Oh, what wonderful result from kakishibu dyes. I’m fascinated with it and can’t wait to try. It’s in the middle of winter here in Australia so have to wait awhile. Did you get the kakishibu in Canada or did you bring it back from Japan? I only brought some pre-dyed fabric back – Hugs


    • July 7, 2011 8:35 am

      a friend and I ordered the powdered kakishibu from a company in Osaka, I will email the address – when I can find it.


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