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kokeshi and dolls

February 23, 2013

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!

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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

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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.

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the center fold is now secure

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and I can now enjoy it

there was a Japanese doll making class going on at the shop, using old kimono silks

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what personality!

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over the years I have collected a number of kokeshi

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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

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I love visiting other people’s studios

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saying good-bye

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan permalink
    March 18, 2013 7:56 am

    natsukashii! bryan


  2. February 24, 2013 5:22 am

    so fun, that figure with the happy troll face is a hoot!


  3. February 23, 2013 6:31 pm

    No wonder he gave you a time limit! The expressions on the kokeshi are priceless, especially the fabric ones. And framing the fabric was a very smart idea. It is quite ‘painting’ worthy.


    • February 23, 2013 7:27 pm

      Kristin – the time limit was a joke. No fabric kokeshi, they are all wood except the one on the far left and it is paper with a musical chime inside. The fabric dolls are works of art and the detail is amazing.


  4. myrajdunn permalink
    February 23, 2013 3:06 pm

    I was with you that day we visited the doll studio. I was SO enchanted with those dolls, I could only sit there and feast my eyes on them. I really want to have a go at making one but have no clue how to go about it. I think she buys the “slips” from somewhere and carves them herself. I think the ones she made are quirky and beautiful at the same time. Shame she’s not doing them any more.


    • February 23, 2013 4:02 pm

      Myra – she has the wooden shapes turned specifically for her and then does the chipping,wood burning and painting. Bryan had taken me there when he and I went shopping and then we went back as a group. Yes, she doesn’t sell them, I was delighted when she gifted me the two.


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