I'm a spoiled brat
I am now the proud owner of this cute little vintage Japanese basket with shibori-dyed silk top section
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.
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.