Ohmigosh! yes, I know, it’s almost Tuesday. Yes, that Tuesday. Free Fabric Tuesday. And where have I been while not blogging for the past week? Getting really excited about Fanime Con, a huge anime (Japanese animation) gathering in San Jose, CA May 23-26. I am very, very excited. Did I mention I am excited? I’ll be selling vintage kimono, obi, and other items, so if anime is your thing and you’ll be in the area, check it out.
But now, back to the shibori.
This lovely piece is another in my personal collection. Actually, I do have some of it left and will consider selling it. I currently have a long piece of it hemmed for a scarf, which turned out to be quite an interesting piece. On the left is a closeup so you can see just how textured it is. The picture on the right shows the price tag: 46,000 yen! In today’s money, that’s something like $450 for a 12 meter bolt of cotton that’s only about 10″ wide. But oh, what cotton! The design is a repeating, interlocking, geometric hemp leaf. I must confess, when I bought it I was still very new to Japanese textiles and simply assumed it was a snowflake. Silly, of course, since snowflakes are for winter and this is most definitely a summer textile.