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textiles to truly dye for

March 20, 2015

the ultimate in textiles


Charlotte Kwan, owner of Maiwa Handprints was the guest speaker at the Victoria guild last night

P1060576it is impossible to show you the amazing selection of textiles she brought from her private collection

and we were allowed to touch!


kasuri (ikat) is what I studied and wove at Kawashima for 6 months

it is highly underrated in the textile world

and takes years to become proficient and weave fine, intricate patterns like the one above

P1060596this is a kimono jacket I wove at Kawashima

silk weft kasuri, each individual weft thread is shifted in the open shed to create the pattern

the silk weft was spun from dyed cocoons

P1060585the picture doesn’t do this piece justice with its unwoven spaces and floating wefts

years ago I saw a similar piece from Charlotte’s collection and wove this piece


woven warp kasuri, dyed with indigo

the weft is paper (shifu)

hanging behind it is another piece of indigo dyed woven kasuri

P1060586incredible silk

P1060579tied, dyed with the ties removed, then each row stitched in place


stitching that Maiwa has done in India and then made into small bags


underneath is a jacket from Northern China

dyed an amazing dark indigo, coated with egg whites and beaten to give it the shine

similar to those in two of my favorite textile books


Textiles: The Soul of India by Hiroko Iwatate


Imprints on Cloth by Sadae and Tomoko Torimaru

(I think these books are still available at Maiwa)P1060583

a skirt from China

dyed with indigo, tightly pleated and coated with pig’s blood

P1060581shi sha mirrors stitched between the stitched patterns

technique, colour, pattern and above all talent

it is like taking a trip to another world

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2015 2:12 am

    thank you for sharing.


  2. March 20, 2015 7:25 pm

    such beautiful and amazing textiles. thank you for showing these, jean, and your indigo kasuri and shifu piece is a masterwork.


    • March 20, 2015 10:39 pm

      Velma – that is only a small part of the collection, it has to be seen and touched to be believed.


  3. March 20, 2015 3:37 pm

    Another world called heaven! Lucky guild!


  4. March 20, 2015 3:00 pm

    Oh my! What treasures. I can only imagine how difficult Kasuri is to weave. Amazing materials to use – pig’a blood on the skirt and egg for shine. People will be crearive whatever the available materials. Thanks for these piccys,
    I enjoyed them very much.


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