Friday, May 9, 2008
Japanese Indigo - Kasuri, Shibori
Since I started making the vintage kimono bags in Australia, I know that most people like the bright kimono patterns such as "Geisha" costumes. These patterns generally show us Japanese four seasons with the seasonal plants, insects, animals and garden etc. I will write about these bright textiles later, but if you want to know more about Kimono textiles now, as a first step, please look at "Kimono-Wikipedia".
This time I would like to introduce the two Japanese traditional indigo textiles through my works.
The top of picture; KASURI
(What's KASURI?, See here)
The left picture; KASURI and Plain Indigo Summer Kimono
The bottom of picture; SHIBORI
(What's SHIBORI?, See here)
Kasuri is originally from India.
In Japan, firstly Kasuri and Shibori was made by Silk materials.
After the cotton fabric spread to ordinary people (since Edo period), The people, especially farmers wore Kasuri and Shibori clothes. Now both Kasuri and Shibori is very expensive in Japan(Because HANDMADE!!!)
PS; I am sorry for my funny English, please be patient!
When having time, I will ask my friends to amend my funny English to "REAL ENGLISH"!!!!