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September 2011

Autumn Show


We Khaju textile designers have a collaborative exhibit with Japanese confectioner Misonoi Yuko at a nice pottery shop Sanjoya. We'd like to make it the first sign to tell you "autumn coming". Looking forward to seeing you!

Autumn Show - Pottery, Textile, Japanese confectionery

2011 Sep.16th (Fri)〜25th (Sun) 12:00〜18:00 closed on 22nd (Thu)

3-9-11 Yukinoshita, Kamakura 0467-22-2965

Khaju Brand(Tanaka Makiko・Ikegami Emiko)


Temari(Misonoi Yuko)


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Knit Cafe September - Thinking Of JAPAN While Knitting -

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◆Knit Cafe September

Makiko's studio in Khaju Art space holds a small comfortable tea party with knitting every 4th Sunday.

Everybody who likes knitting is welcome including beginners.
Don't hesitate to join us!

You can buy beautiful hand-dyed yarns here at very reasonable price.

◆1000 yen for entrance fee (+drinks and sweets)
◆Bring your own knitting tools if you have.
◆Inquiry : 0467-23-3663 or mail us

This month we are going to joinThink Of JAPAN Whille Kniting Kansai's activity.

This project was begun in Canada by a Japanese knitter and her Canadian friends. They collect crochet-motifs they designed. They are making blankets with the motifs and sell them at auctions. All the proceeds are supposed to be donated the quake victim children throughAshinaga Foundation

When you click the project name, you will see the detailed information including draft of the motif design and Youtube movies of how to crochet.

Let's get together to join this project on 25th at Khaju!

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Indigo Blue - Color of Japan

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Summer is the season to dye blue color with indigo.

Indigo plant is the one which we Japanese feel familiar, have been used as dye stuff since it was brought from China 1400 years ago.

In the leaves of this plant are including much "Indican", blue component. Through many process with particular techniques,taking long time,Indigo liquid is laid finally for dyeing.But now we can get synthetic indican powders and make up indigo pots with it comparatively easily.

I have two pots of synthetic indigo in back yard of my studio.
This summer I renewed my indigo liquid after ten years interval because the liquid is getting weak and weak recently by
long-year-tough using.

The new indigo gave us amazingly clear brilliant blue color during this summer. Many students of my dyeing class and summer workshops could enjoy indigo dyeing! →photos

As same as many other countries, we also have long history of natural dyeing. Humid and hot climate gives us various kinds of wild plants and many of them are good foods, medicine, and dye stuff. However it is not known that most of natural dye stuff only can dye animal fibers like silk or wool. Linen, hemp or cotton is quite difficult to be dyed with plants.

Indigo is one of the exceptional stuff which can dye vegetable fibers. So until before Meiji era, for the common people, who were allowed to wear only linen and cotton, indigo was the only color to wear. This limitation became the big motivation to develop complicated tie-dye, embroidery or kasuri weaving techniques in every village side.

For us Japanese, Indigo blue have been important color to forget the summer heat and to purify mentally. In fact as we have to ferment indigo liquid, summer season makes the best condition to dye. The heathy fermented indigo liquid has many blue-violet bubbles on surface (we call it Hana=flowers)and liquid color is jade green. Every material,soaked into the liquid, get dyed green color first and the color is changing into blue in the air by oxidation.

The old wooden box damaged by white ants which had been covered my indigo pots to keep humidity and heat couldn't work any more... But during this summer two friends of mine remade a new wooden box! It seems to work very well, it might another big factor of unbelievable beauty of this summer's indigo blue. Thank you, guys!

*The photo of indigo plant is from this site.

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