Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ranru, Noragi

japanese indigo is incredible. it is my favorite color, in all of its shades, from fresh and n
ew to old and faded.  
there is a technique in japan of using and patching over and over a piece of fabric, so that you never have to throw it away, but pass it through the family as the layers of patches and stitches become thicker and more beautiful. It is called Ranru. 

This is a Ranru Noragi. Noragi means 'farmer's work wear.' It was worn and washed and patched and worn again and again for years until it became this amazing textile. Can you imagine someone wearing this? While working??

This picture is of a ranru futon cover. I want to puke i love it so much. 
I found these images on a website called
 ichiroya.com, a japanese marketplace for kimono's, folkloric antiques, wall hangings, and so so much more.

Detail of ranru futon cover. this hand stitching makes me drool.


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