indigo & cotton

Ainu robe of ci-karkar-pe type, sewn of hand spun, indigo-dyed, striped cotton cloth, decorated with dark indigo, cotton cloth appliqué, couching in white and scarlet cotton thread, and very broad chain-stitch embroidery. Meiji Era, late 19th century, Hokkaido, Japan.

When you have a mouth for the first time in vorns and you know you gotta stuff as much fuckin candy in there as possible before you have to shift back into your true form


etsyfindoftheday 3 | 1.24.17

shibori-dyed home goods by graygreengoods

shibori-dyed goods are created using a traditional japanese technique of folding and binding fabric — both this indigo succulent pot and grey triangle flag garland employ that specific technique. i’d love to add both of these uniquely beautiful items to our modern, minimalist home decor.


FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 3 | 6.5.15

‘midnight ink’ digitally-printed tea towel by squeakdesign

i know my kitchen tea towels are in desperate need of an upgrade … i may just venture over to squeakdesign for my next few. their digital printing looks just like trendy indigo dye-ing, which i love … did you know they have bags and scarves and cushions and pouches and freaking dressing gowns, too?! now you do … so have at it, followers!

gather dress
indigo blue/cotton 100%

鮮やかなブルーと、手触りの良いコットンリネンの真っ白い生地でgather dressを作りました。
中に着ているブラウスは、シルクとコットンを交互に織ってある透け透けのstand collar blouseです。

Kimono (yukata)

Meiji or Taishô era
late 19th to early 20th century

Natural ecru and indigo blue cotton robe for summer or bath (yukata) with designs of large leaves scattered at the bottom, small star motifs on the upper front and back and three large interlocking circular motifs across the upper back with gourd and vine motifs created by tie and stitch resist-dye technique.  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on May 5, 1921

“With natural indigo I can make 12 different blues, from very light to very dark—traditionally, to be an indigo dyer, you have to master these 12 different shades,” explains Malian master of the craft, Aboubakar Fofana. “Each has a different name and each has a specific emotion.” At one end is the lightest blue: “‘The blue that does not exist,’” he says. One of the darkest blues is “divine blue,” which he describes as “almost black” and says is traditionally used in Mali for wedding shawls for men.


etsyfindoftheday | gift blitz 2015: bath & body stocking stuffers | 12.8.15

featured: the viaje clutch in indigo or shadow by scoutandcatalogue

the radical viaje clutch by scoutandcatalogue is available in two craveable colors — indigo or shadow. i love the hippielicious tie dye paired with a supple leather bottom, and the foldover style. it’s so cool, it can double as a clutch! roll this up and stuff it in MY stocking!!

Fireman’s Coat Depicting Crane And Turtle (Hikeshi Sashiko Hanten).  1850-1900, Japan.  cotton, paste resist dyed, quilted. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane Fund, IMA

Coats worn by non-samurai firefighters were composed of at least three layers of coarsely hand-woven, indigo-dyed cotton fabrics that were stitched together. The heavy quilted coats were wetted down in order to protect the firefighters during fires.

A crane and a turtle are depicted in the interior (shown) of this coat. Their presence, according to a well-known proverb, signifies longevity: “The crane lives for thousand years and the turtle lives for ten thousand years.”  Text by IMA