おくるみ・babyblanket

for babies~ or adults~ soft and blue~ this was an order for a friend’s friend’s baby.  The shibori is so simple I was wondering if there was enough love put into the blanket but I poured in all my love while dyeing!  there are actually 4 colors.  I decided not to make it too dark,…

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…

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…

Murai sensei

Murai sensei is my teacher.  She is quite amazing.  I love her voice, her energy and the love she has towards her students. She used to be a preschool teacher but retired early to teach shiborizome. Her atelier is in Kiyose, near Tokyo.  There, she teaches her students shibori techniques, patiently, one by one.  These…