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December 17, 2011

finally, my Autumn/Winter issue of Kateigaho arrived

I have a collection dating back to 2003 


mottainai, a Japanese word and philosophy which in essence “conveys a sense of humility and  respect for the intrinsic  beauty in a material that is used to its fullest”.


this issue has wonderful textiles




sakiori – rag weaving with some rag weaving of mine. 





hand stitched silk kimono pieces from Teruko (Deko) Ono’s family stash used to make a traditional drawstring bag.

and a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) woven with silk thrums by Nagai Kichiyo, traditional kimono weaver.

“fabrics, scraps, remnants…bits and pieces that might be thrown away”

the lining in the bag and hair pins.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 2:08 pm

    I have to revisit this issue again. We have it here in our Japanese library – Hugs Nat


  2. December 18, 2011 7:30 am

    I’ve not seen this magazine, I’m off to google 🙂


  3. December 18, 2011 4:13 am

    i am thinking of the tradition in the u.s. of rag weaving, how many many cloths were repurposed because that is what one does. when i muddle through piles of old cloths at flea markets or antique stores, one of my favorite things to find are the sewing helps made of repurposed fabrics…needle books, etc. i once bought two identical rag rugs, about five yards X 36 inches. when i laid them out i could see that the care to match them was astonishing.

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  4. December 17, 2011 10:51 pm

    How interesting, I would love to have a close look to the magazine.


    • Lorraine Oh permalink
      December 20, 2011 10:51 am

      You can subscribe to it online by going to


      • December 20, 2011 11:22 am

        thanks, my local book store orders it for me and doesn’t charge extra, it just comes late.


  5. Lorraine Oh permalink
    December 17, 2011 9:20 pm

    Thank you, Jean, for telling me about this magazine!


    • December 17, 2011 10:40 pm

      my pleasure, it is a bit pricey, only published twice a year and not easy to find but they have a website – google kateigaho


  6. December 17, 2011 5:53 pm

    It’s a good issue, hey?!


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