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Ainu Robe (chikarkarpe) - The two methods of embelishing the Ainu robes are applique and embroidery, usually combined harmoniously; the severe applique outlines softened by the delicate undulating embroidery. The iconography combines two elements- ovoid motifs and curves used to create a netlike pattern to trap the evil spirits. The design is always symmetrical but as it is done freehand it is never perfectly so. It is also continuous front to back. The body of this ...

The Ainu originally inhabited all islands of present day Japan as well as southern Sakhalin which is part of Russia. Hunters gatherers who lived in autonomous villages they were gradually disenfranchised by the Japanese.

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Adire African Textiles is a small London gallery devoted solely to researching and promoting the vintage textile traditions of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Indigo Podaji, Korean wrapping cloth

Indigo Podaji, Korean wrapping cloth

Printsource- Japanese Ikat

Portland-based label Crazy Wind is run by Chiyo Takahashi, who sources Kasuri fabrics straight from Japan. Her line got us excited to look at other indigo dyed ikats.

Rowland & Chinami Ricketts: Untitled Noren Partition 29 4 x 4 grid of gradated circles on White ground. (Detail of stitching and bug knot binding panels together.) Indigo dyed fine ramie, paste resist x 2010

tattered moon- somedays i feel just like this and am in need of a little mending

tattered moon- somedays i feel just like this and am in need of a little mending

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