Thursday, 13 December 2012

Inspirational books - sale!


I had an e mail this morning from Gary Bloom (of Furoshiki Shop, where you can get the furoshiki I used for the quilt of the same name in 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations, plus a few more!).  He's having a sale in his eBay shop on the remaining titles from the famous Kyoto Shoin textile series.  This is an excellent series for anyone interested in Japanese textiles - I have the full set of 20 and use them all the time.  The small hardback format makes them easy to take anywhere too (nice to read in bed, or at least browse the photos for inspiration).

Only certain titles are left in stock, as this series has been out of print for nearly 20 years now, so get them now, before these too are gone.  Gary has got them at substantially lower prices than the original cover price too.

It's hard to pick favourites... The 'Tsutsugaki Textiles' is a must for anyone who loves indigo.

 Japanese theatre costumes for Kabuki, Noh and Kyogen (the comic interludes in a Noh programme) are still available.


The book on Yuzen dyeing and 'Furisode' have a lot of stunning photos that could inspire quilt or embroidery designs.  'Japanese Modern Textiles' covers pieces from the Meiji and Taisho eras, rather than ultra modern textiles.

The series includes several titles on ancient textiles and fabrics influenced by trade along the Silk Route - 'Tsujigahana' (the stitched multicoloured tie dye which reached a peak in the C17th), textiles fom the Shosoin Imperial repository (dating from the mid C8th), 'Meibutsugire' (tea ceremony textiles) and 'Sarasa' (designs influenced by textiles from the Indian subcontinent).



 All highly recommended!

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