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a week of many colours

May 16, 2013

a Japanese grain storage bag – tsuno-bukuro – is stitched from  long, narrow fabric on the bias

intrigued with the folding I made a small paper pattern – I’ve never held one – so this may be original

traditional grain bags are longer, and often dyed with kakishibu,  this is the fabric left on the end of the sample warpshibori 149i

the seams are herringbone stitched with indigo dyed thrums

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in Japanese “tsuno” means horn and the bag is also known as a horn bag, the ends of the fabric stick up in points

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on this bag I have left them and the back fabric folds over the front piece to close the bag

I’m thinking of becoming a bag lady – after receiving the bill for this year’s property tax it may become a reality! I could put wheels on a table loom and go live on the street corner. Dyeing might be a problem.

somewhere, in my research I read that it is possible to dye silk black by dyeing with logwood and chestnut with an iron modifier

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well, not quite! or at least it takes more work but the taupe-y brown is very nice

and the purple – murasaki – is to dye for

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once I get dyeing it is hard to stop

the yellow was dyed with something? natural and then top dyed with indigo = green

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and I’m spinning paper, dyed last summer with kakishibu

6 Comments leave one →
  1. neki desu permalink
    May 17, 2013 1:46 am

    lovely colors and bag.
    once i did get black with iron and logwood, perhaps your iron is past shelf life?
    do not joke with becoming a bag lady please.given the economy it may be a reality.


  2. May 16, 2013 4:44 pm

    Looks like we are on the same page, Jean. I have the natural dyeing bug this week, and finally spinning shifu. You could, as a bag lady, easily dye eco bundles over your camp fire, but the indigo would be difficult. Your natural dyes are exquisite (I really love the taupe). Thanks for the little “horn bag” tutorial. I always love learning about a traditional Japanese treasure.


    • May 16, 2013 5:00 pm

      Kristin – the next horn bag will be kakishibu, the taupe was a nice surprise. Those surprises are what keep me dyeing.


  3. May 16, 2013 2:23 pm

    colors make the world go round! i am glad that you can’t stop dyeing, and working. that’s as it should be!


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