- Kasuri inspired rug House To Home UK
- kasuri pillow
- Indigo cotton kasuri fabric from 1970′s
Along with shibori, I have grown to love kasuri and have recently seen high-end china and area rugs that use interpretations of kasuri patterns in the indigo colorway. ‘Maybe an emerging trend? So, what is kasuri?
In Japan, this double ikat technique (warp and weft resist dye) is known as kasuri. Before dyeing, sections of yarn are tightly bound in predetermined lengths. The dye does not penetrate these protected areas when the thread is dipped into the dye bath. The binding is then carefully removed leaving yarn that is partly white and partly colored. The threads are then used as the warp or weft so a pattern appears as the cloth is woven. The slight misalignment of threads gives the pattern on the kasuri cloth its characteristic ‘fuzzy’ outline. The dyer must have great skill to bind the threads in just the right place so the pattern emerges as planned. The patterns are all symbolic . Japanese kimonos are often made from the bingo kasuri fabric.
Having 300 years in its history, Kasuri is designated as a traditional craft which is very rare in Japan. The beautifully woven patterns come out from the joint effort of wisdom and technique of weaver who can foresee the pattern on finished product at the phase of space-dyeing. The natural touch and indigo blue of the Kasuri fabric is pleasing to the minds of the Japanese people. Most vintage kasuri fabric is taken from dismantled kimonos are handwoven using natural indigo dyes. However, new kasuri is typically machine woven using synthetic dyes. Kasuri yarns can be wool, linen or cotton. The fabric typically need to be washed at least 3 or 4 times to remove residual dyes that bleed off the fabric.
Indigo cotton kasuri fabric from 1950′s
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hammam towel as tablecloth
- turkish towel as a scarf
- turkish towel as sarong
- Certified organic cotton Turkish pestemals
You might not know what these are. These are towels that have been used in the hammams or spas in Turkish baths for ages. They are hand loomed from cotton, linen or bamboo yarns in both Turkey and Tunisia ( although referred to only as foutas in Tunisia). They have fringed or tasselled edges, are extremely lightweight and are a plain weave without a terry loop pile. What makes them worthwhile? Since they are lightweight, they dry very quickly. They also take up very little room in a bag, make a great travel blanket, transition from a towel to a sarong to a head turban and they keep motoring into other end uses such as a tablecloth, window treatment or bed throw.
Pestemals have long been popular in the Turkish spas and Western Europeans have embraced them along the Mediterranean. This past year, I have noticed more U.S distributors popping up with them at trade shows for retailers. I’ve seen them touted in travel and shelter mags as well as interiors blogs. I’m just not sure if they have become familiar to many people. I’m betting that they will really catch on next Spring. Some are woven more tightly and are meatier than others. I find that the bamboo ones tend to be the lightest. But,they all work!!!
Here are some in action.
- yarn bombed bike
- yard bombed house
Okay, I admit that I was a bit slow to learn about this creative, festive trend that is happening on the streets in cities and towns around the world. I first stumbled upon a few pictures back about six months ago while looking at Google images. I was completely enamored with what I saw. People had taken the mundane and age-old domestic skills of knitting and crocheting and reapplied them to the unlikeliest of products- trees, bicycles, phone booths, furniture and public fixtures. Explosions of color and cleverness. It was just about three months ago when I learned the term for this and it is referred to as yarn bombing.
Street graffiti artists have typically been predominantly male, so this trend really resonates with me since knitting is most commonly a craft performed by women. I love the idea of a bunch of renegade female knitters sneaking into public parks late at night to cover statues and tree trunks in pretty knitted cloaks. And, let’s face it, knitting, crocheting and sewing were dying crafts until recent years when 20 something year olds began to embrace the crafts again. So, yarn bombing in such an in-you-face way to coerce people to once again embrace these crafts.
Check out some of these impressive works of art.
I was listening to NPR one day last week and heard the end of an interview with an author of a book about yarn bombing.
Operation C.H.A.I.R. from Colorful Senses
- yarn bombed trees
There is no shortage of clean, bright Palm Beach preppy fabrics and home furnishing accents today. Monogramming, awning stripes, nautical motifs such as the sea horse and coral, Greek keys and the great new Lily Pulitzer fabric collection through Lee Jofa are a la mode. Going hand in glove, I am seeing in soft home furnishings the classic, timeless buffalo plaid. But, it has a new attitude though. It is larger scaled and bolder, taking center stage. I am seeing the predictable color combos of red and white as well as black and white and they are dramatic. However, I am also seeing brights with white and they clean and modern. I’m liking them!