I am finding so many good things while getting ready to have the studio painted. When the physical part of cleaning and sorting gets tedious, I take a break and clean out old files from the KimonoMomo website. Among them I found this, a shot from several years ago when I dressed the staff of a children’s museum for Hina Matsuri.
Of course the best part of digging through boxes and bags of fabric is finding pieces I thought were long gone, including several pieces of vintage shibori.
This pair of silk shibori panels were once part of an early 20th century haori. The garment was so damaged in places that the only thing left for it was to be recycled. These two pieces are all I have left. At some point I may find a use for them… other than sitting around and looking pretty, which they do quite well.
The top panel is a light tsumugi silk dyed an earthy russet orange. Bamboo leaves are rendered in an ori nui shibori stitch and dyed soft yellow.
The second piece was part of the haori’s lining. Bold kumo (spiderweb) squares in shades of white and yellow overdyed in bright red make a nice contrast to the more subtle bamboo motif.
For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll be at the following upcoming events. Stop by and say hello!