Yes, this is a continuing theme here.
Please bear with me as it becomes less. And I am thanking everyone for joining in at Free(r). Soon, I will add links to the shibori lesson videos that have been unlisted on Youtube and buried in the shibori pdf lessons 1-5. Also, have patience as the pdf’s download. Today I downloaded them as a test and some were quicker than others (some are many pages and have lots of photos). Over time, I may redo each one as they seem so primitive to me now. But a good record of Before. Thinking on that.
Before, this was something else. Something useful, and before that, even something. Before will become something. (A new category even).
I feel we are really in a transitional place here. I am gaining something from the momentum of it all.
It was something before it was torn into strips for weaving. With my loop I can see that there are some kasuri fabrics in this piece. i wonder about its previous life.
I have made a number of these over time. It started because I wanted to hold on to less. To carry less around. To feel Freer! I am making a few new ones for the show-and a new one for me. These inside pockets can hold some cards, some cash. The middle holds my phone, or not.
-and now it has become something else. From kimono scraps, to a woven obi, to a bag to hold less. From one place (Japan) to another-here. I wonder how much time has elapsed from this cloth’s first beginnings? Something to think about. What about cloth being made today?
Very sturdy and beautiful at the same time. The casing I sewed at the top allowed me to slip in a spring hinge closure (purchased). I hand stitched the interior pockets (made of obishin- more on that later) so as not to see stitches from the front side. The edges too are hand stitched preserving the beauty of the weavers selvedge.
One more…made of obishin-the heavy stiff cotton interior fabric of an obi…indigo dyed. This one with more machine stitching as was necessary to overcast the edges and keep them from undoing. A handmade boro stitched button closure and some hand twined indigo cording. Also has a spring hinge top closure. This one is larger than the other.
Less really can become more.