new place new life~ Misakicho, Okayama

A new adventure begins in Okayama. This year, some indigo seedlings traveled with me from Yorii to Misakicho. and I planted some seeds in my landlord’s backyard. I didn’t write about this but last year, working in my indigo field was wonderful.  I loved the light, touching the dirt, seeing the indigo grow.  I was…

浴衣ができました! yukata is done~

I dyed my first yukata~ I loved every step, the design part, shibori part, dyeing part, taking away the thread part, seeing it dry part, and seeing it all nicely wrapped coming back from being sewn up into a wearable piece!  so far, I have only been wearing socks, haramaki, and panties that I dyed…

new year new socks new year new haramaki!!!

This new year, I am selling socks and haramaki, all died with home-grown indigo! Last year (2018) was such a fruitful year for me.  From planting seeds to harvesting indigo, meeting, sharing, talking and learning with the most modest funky deep indigo man.  Until now, I had made sukumo but had not yet dyed with…

hatake repo-to 2018

In November 2017, I moved from Tokyo to Yorii, in Saitama prefecture, to have a bigger plot of land for my indigo.  I started growing indigo on a tiny tiny plot near my house in Tokyo.  The year after that, I commuted almost 2 hours out East from my home to a friend’s house with…

kurume

Nishi-Nippori is an awesome place for shopping for fabric in Tokyo.  In fact, there are so many shops and so many choices that it might make you a bit crazy…  but anyway, if you go there, there is a cool used kimono shop caller RIVERSIDE (I think). I met my first KASURI MONPE at Riverside,…

hatake

  hatake time is here this year again.  hatake means field, but I always say I go to my hatake, not my field.  this is pronouced like ha as in have and ta is in task, and ke as in keg.  kind of…  HATAKE~ So I finally have a big hatake. I knew for a…

imprints on cloth- book report!

After having this book with me for almost a year and opening it multiple times, I finally read it on my way to returning it to the friend who lent it to me!  (that happens to me all the time)  Luckily, my train ride was super long! The title of the book is IMPRINTS ON…

summer 2017 exhibition

The studio where I study shibori just had an exhibition.  I took lots of pictures and thought lots of things.  For  now, here are mainly pictures of the exhibition: In Japan, when people hear the word “shibori”, they think about little handkerchiefs dyed blue, a little bit like tie-die, maybe they have tried to do…

okinawa

Somehow, I just spent a weekend in Okinawa! It was hot and beautiful and special~  and I managed to visit a beautiful indigo farm. I didn’t actually see much of Okinawa but drove myself to a village called OSHITTAI where I met a couple who has been growing indigo there for almost ten years if…

Last day in Nakatsugawa

November 27th was the last day of my indigo workshop in Nakatsugawa.  It was my seventh time to come to ShizukuJiaiKobo, and the last date of the “tanemakikaraaizome workshop”, a six-time course through the seasons of indigo that I attended. I cannot possibly fully express here how enriching this experience was for me but I…