Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Special Book: Hagire no Bunkashi

Yoshiko's mother recently returned from Japan and brought back with her a few copies (only 8!) of a very special and hard-to-get book, Hagire no Bunkashi*, a beautifully formatted image catalogue of boro pieces and other pieced garments published by Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum. ($55 USD)

Check out the SHOP for details or to purchase

* roughly translates to "A Chronicle of Fabric Pieces: the power of cloth to connect time and space"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Announcement: May 28 "Shibori Recycle" with AnaLisa Hedstrom at Vagadu (San Francisco)

VAGADU by Joui Turandot is holding an open studio celebration featuring various recycled/ reclaimed fashions. The evening will include a special appearance by textile artist Ana Lisa Hedstrom with pieces from her Shibori Re-Cycle line. Come check it out!

Thursday, May 28th
7-10 pm
375 Alabama St. #490 at 16th St*
San Francisco, CA

*within walking distance of 16th street BART; ring buzzer for Giselle Shepatin

Evening highlights: Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Suzy Furrer of Apparel Arts in attendance; live musical performance (8p) with classical singer Julia Hathaway and Villalobos' Bachianas Brasilieras; preview of VAGADU's 2009 collection, "Varda's Women," a collaboration between Joui Turandot and Ana Lisa Hedstrom; clothing by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Vagadu and Giselle Shepatin available for purchase

Light snacks and drinks will be offered.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Announcement: "Innovative Cloths - Junichi Arai" (Hong Kong)

"Innovative Cloth- Junichi Arai"
Originally uploaded by World Shibori Network

Currently installed at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing (ITC) Gallery Resource Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

"Innovative Cloths — Junichi Arai"
5 May - 11 June 2009

Here are some photos* to wet your appetite! If you're anywhere near there, be sure to check it out. Junichi Arai's work is some of the very best around.

*Thanks go out to Dr. Konor Jiang

Monday, May 11, 2009

Announcement: Gunma Silks in stock!

Hi friends. For those of you who are familiar with Gunma Silks, a whole bunch of new stock has just arrived! Check out Yoshiko's online retail outlet for pics and details. Discounts given for larger volumes. Visit

Monday, May 4, 2009

PROFILE: Dosa's Christina Kim, eco & "green"

The LA Times recently published an article about Christina Kim of dosa and her "eco-friendly" line. Personally, I have my own issues with the label / category of "green" and "eco-friendly" but save that for another day. To the author's credit, the article finds proper place to talk about Christina's philosophy of doing business and creating products -- something that, for dosa, existed long before (and surpasses) any neatly packaged marketing labels. photo (c) Jay L Clendenin / LA Times

"Christina Kim: every piece is precious"

Clothing designer Christina Kim weaves recycled materials as well as the work of artisans the world over into her eco-friendly, human-friendly Dosa fashions.

"Kim believes that supporting these artisans, and having regular contact with them in good times and bad, builds long-term, trusting relationships. It also fits within her broader philosophy of encouraging people to consume less but cherish more the things they buy and wear, including the sweat equity and consummate craftsmanship of the people who made them." FULL ARTICLE HERE