Textiles

It is indigo dye that makes the beautiful blues of the rustic country cotton textiles of Japan. Working with dyers and weavers of families who have spent a lifetime in this work, Mary Taguchi has researched and collected patterns from the past. She has been instrumental in the revival of a number of these cloths.

Her collection includes new stencilled katazome cottons, woven shima stripes, woven kasuri, sashiko stitching and woven sakiori. All of her fabric patterns are historical rather than contemporary. Off cuts are always available.

Katazome: stencilled cotton

Stencilled cotton, using a screen of paper or cloth, with a paste resist which is removed after dyeing

  • Katazome SA0143
  • Katazome OS1147

Sashiko

Stab stitching, originally used to mend and to strengthen clothing. Sashiko has always been decorative, even when used for necessity;  stitching patterns have survived for centuries.

Kasuri: woven cotton

Meaning ‘blurred’, kasuri is created by weaving together thread that has been pre-dyed with a calculated pattern. Thread is first bound with string in predetermined areas, then dyed repeatedly in vats of indigo. After the bindings are removed, white areas will be revealed; in the weaving the pattern takes shape, either by weft alone, or warp alone, or by both warp and weft in combination.

  • Kasuri
  • Kasuri

Shima: woven stripes, cotton

Traditional woven stripes, often woven with kasuri

  • Shima
  • Shima

Off Cuts: all cotton

All cotton, these are the offcuts from cutting that goes on in the Mingei Studio. Sizes vary from fist size to long pieces; each bag has some plain indigo cotton that is useful for piecing.
Packaged in 200gr bags $25

  • Off cuts
  • Off cuts

Vintage cloths

A wide variety of old kasuri, katazome, shima, futon covers and clothing

  • Old cloths
  • Old cloths