Category Archives: Japan

Fabrica Uka

FabricaUkaWe’ve featured Fabrica Uka previously in our old blog site but we felt they’re worth a second look. Impressed with these fabric brooches created by designer, illustrator, creator Toda Ayumi.  We are inspired by all of the hand crafted efforts carried out in producing each product. The linen fabric is hand printed using her own designs. The artist embellishes the fabric with embroidery and then lines the brooch with unbleached cotton fabric and attaches the hangtag and pin. She has enhanced the item further with a very unique collage packaging. All in all a very appealing, well-thought-out handmade product.

Images: Courtesy of Fabrica Uka.

 

Kyoko Sato

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Really liking these handmade bags and storage baskets from artist/creator, Kyoko Sato. Found them on Japanese handmade market site, Iichi. The bags are posted as fine knit but the stitches look like crochet. In any case we love the colors, the leather accents and the fabric-covered button embellishments.

Images: Courtesy of Kyoko Sato.

Chinami Ricketts

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Chinami Ricketts is the other creative partner of the Indiana-based textile company, Ricketts Indigo. Trained as a weaver Chinami crafts traditional yardage for kimono and obi. She studied indigo dyeing, indigo cultivation and processing in Japan. An apprenticeship in kasuri and weaving formed the foundation of her work today. She says this about her craft:

“…I never consider my weavings as fine art. While fine art strives to visually or otherwise address a larger audience, my kimono are intended simply to fill the intimate environment of the wearer with joy.”

“In the weaving of kimono I verify my own existence through the recollection of my ancestors and all those who employed these same techniques before me.”

Images: Courtesy of Ricketts Indigo.