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:
â€œ…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.â€
â€œIn 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.â€
Images: Courtesy of Ricketts Indigo.