For decades I have collected yukata, a Japanese un-lined garment generally worn in the summer or after bath....and mostly the more traditional indigo-dyed. I have also collected much smaller pieces of vintage yukata. Now was my chance to actually use many of them in one piece. Admittedly it did take time to go through the lot of them to decide whether I would choose the blue with white designs or the white with blue designs.
In the end I chose blue with white indigo dyed cottons, largely kasuri Only on piece has its design printed on it.
I also decided to continue my 'kimono abstract' series.
This challenge and my stash naturally resulted in using the 'boro' style. For generations, beginning with frugal farmers, indigo especially has been re-sewn in patches to prolong the life of a garment. Referred to as 'boro', it is of the forgotten idea "too good to waste".
That is an idea that finds residence in my studio!
Indigo Abstract 40"x21"
Vintage indigo cottons, hand stitched
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