Thursday, October 18, 2007

I can haz prezentz

Yes, I freely admit it
I'm a spoiled brat
I am now the proud owner of this cute little vintage Japanese basket with shibori-dyed silk top section
AND
2 metres of equally vintage Japanese shibori silk, presumably culled from a disassembled kimono because the tacking threads are still in there in places
each one of those tiny white shapes was made by hand tieing a knot around the silk before it was dyed ... a monumental amount of labour. Can you see the slightly crinkled texture? The silk has retained the memory of the shape it was tied into and has never been ironed flat.
no
I don't know what I'm going to do with it but for a start, I'll:
  • admire it
  • revere the work that went into it
  • feel grateful that I have wonderful friends like Zoe and Andy from Purl's Palace who saw these and thought of me, when they could've just as easily put them in the shop.
  • and to answer Lisette's question - the little shibori squares are 4 to the inch, so 1/4" including the little gap between, and even smaller on the bag which is possibly why they aren't as regular. There's a special tool used for getting a grip on such minute pieces of cloth... a very fine needle with the tip bent into a hook and the whole thing attached to a clamp. That's why there's a dot in the centre of each square - that's the bit that was snagged on the tiny hook. Unfortunately I've only ever got to use one once and have never seen one for sale here.

15 comments:

Rose Red said...

wow - these fabrics are just gorgeous, even more so now knowing the work that went into producing them - lucky you!

Sheepish Annie said...

Photos don't seem to be up right now...but I have a picture in my mind and it is of very, very lovely things! Lucky, lucky you! (and deserving of nice prezzies, IMHO)

catsmum said...

Photos still up at this end [ for now - fingers crossed and praying to the gods of Blogger that they stay that way ]

Sheepish Annie said...

I am cursed. Cursed, I tellya!!! It must be my monitor that is preventing me from casting mine eyes upon the lovely pictures. I swear by all that is holy I will fling this machine across the room just as soon as the new computer arrives!

Jejune said...

What goregous fabrics, and wonderful friends :)

The One and Only Nadie said...

well arn't you just spoilt rotten? Mind you at least you appreciate the work that went into them. Will you let the fabric keep its crinkles?

The One and Only Nadie said...

BTW have you checked out todays savage chickens? Made me think of you!

catsmum said...

oh noes books not in alphabetical orderz
http://www.savagechickens.com/blog/2007/10/chaos-in-hell.html

lisette said...

so beautiful! how big are the squares?

MadMad said...

WOW.

TinkingBell said...

So beautiful -lucky duck!! just admire and admire! And say thanks to such good friends!

crazyhaberdasher said...

Are you going to reassemble the kimono?

crazyhaberdasher said...

Oh! I should have read it properly! Are you going to use the pieces in a quilt?

Sheepish Annie said...

I see it!!! I see it!!! (squealing happily and dancing around) That is just lovely and was worth the wait. Enjoy!

Meow (aka Connie) said...

The Japanese sure do have a way with fabric, don't they.
That is just stunning.
Take care, Meow