Sri Threads

Sri Threads Sri is a by-appointment textile gallery specializing in antique Japanese folk textiles, highlighting the indigo dyed cotton fabrics and boro--or patched and mended--textiles of old Japan.
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We are located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. If you would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to e mail or call us--we would love to meet you.

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Yesterday I posted a small, mended #furoshiki shown backlit-- today I'm showing two mending details of the same piece's ...
03/15/2021

Yesterday I posted a small, mended #furoshiki shown backlit-- today I'm showing two mending details of the same piece's reverse side in direct light. Notice that tight stitches in wonderful formation, very concentrated on creating a strong repair, and done with an extremely deft and determined hand.

Broad, layered yet detailed patched mending on a small, lightweight cotton #furoshiki .
03/14/2021

Broad, layered yet detailed patched mending on a small, lightweight cotton #furoshiki .

An #indigo dyed cotton boro textile made of #sashiko stitched #furoshiki corners in a free arrangement-- so glad that wh...
03/13/2021

An #indigo dyed cotton boro textile made of #sashiko stitched #furoshiki corners in a free arrangement-- so glad that whoever did this did this!

Detail of beautifully executed #sashiko stitching on a sleeveless garment from the Shonai region in Yamagata
03/12/2021

Detail of beautifully executed #sashiko stitching on a sleeveless garment from the Shonai region in Yamagata

Detail of the front of an #indigo dyed cotton boro work jacket--marvelous arrangement of blue patches in varying hues an...
03/11/2021

Detail of the front of an #indigo dyed cotton boro work jacket--marvelous arrangement of blue patches in varying hues and intensities.

A complete #indigo dyed cotton #katazome futon cover showing a repeat pattern of bamboo in roundels against a background...
03/09/2021

A complete #indigo dyed cotton #katazome futon cover showing a repeat pattern of bamboo in roundels against a background of arabesques. The image is stenciled on both sides of the cloth.
68" x 64" or 173 cm x 163 cm

Two details of a repaired okusozakkuri or a work coat made from cloth whose yarns are spun from the debris cast off in t...
03/08/2021

Two details of a repaired okusozakkuri or a work coat made from cloth whose yarns are spun from the debris cast off in the h**p yarn making process. An exemplary example of zero waste and one of the prized types of Japanese folk textiles.

Wildly gestural writing on a Meiji era temple banner (detail). I had a pair of these, I sold one but I'm hanging on to t...
03/07/2021

Wildly gestural writing on a Meiji era temple banner (detail). I had a pair of these, I sold one but I'm hanging on to this one, it's so beautiful.

Detail of a very good #indigo dyed cotton boro textile, 2 loom widths.
03/06/2021

Detail of a very good #indigo dyed cotton boro textile, 2 loom widths.

An #indigo dyed cotton #kasuri futon cover showing a large-scale repeat of cranes and auspicious eight-pointed motifs. B...
03/05/2021

An #indigo dyed cotton #kasuri futon cover showing a large-scale repeat of cranes and auspicious eight-pointed motifs. Beautiful scaled proportion of design in relation to the overall size of the futon cover.

Mended detail, #indigo dyed cotton #tsutsugaki cloth.
03/04/2021

Mended detail, #indigo dyed cotton #tsutsugaki cloth.

Fragments of precious Okinawan #bingata
03/02/2021

Fragments of precious Okinawan #bingata

A piece of "boro" paper--this is a detail from a larger piece whose edges are ragged and torn making for an irregularly-...
03/01/2021

A piece of "boro" paper--this is a detail from a larger piece whose edges are ragged and torn making for an irregularly-shaped object.

A cascade of #indigo dyed cotton mending patches on the surface of a boro futon cover.
02/28/2021

A cascade of #indigo dyed cotton mending patches on the surface of a boro futon cover.

Sometimes repairs are done by machine.
02/27/2021

Sometimes repairs are done by machine.

Skeins of old, hand spun cotton yarn--marvelously irregular threads are wound in tight, dense bundles. Some have acquire...
02/26/2021

Skeins of old, hand spun cotton yarn--marvelously irregular threads are wound in tight, dense bundles. Some have acquired a grey tone from decades, maybe a century, of storage.

A lushly rendered #tsutsugaki dyed phoenix, notable for its dynamic cropping out of the frame and also for its elaborate...
02/25/2021

A lushly rendered #tsutsugaki dyed phoenix, notable for its dynamic cropping out of the frame and also for its elaborately chromatic color effects. The background is a rich, deep green tone which heightens the varied spectrum of gradient color that tints this spectacularly realized folk image. Hand spun cotton, late 19th century.

Three pages from an early 20th century book showing examples of a Japanese sewing student's work: 1. stitching, 2. Weste...
02/23/2021

Three pages from an early 20th century book showing examples of a Japanese sewing student's work: 1. stitching, 2. Western-style sleeve making and 3. mending.

Rustic #sashiko stitching on an old apron-- this detail shows almost the entire surface area of the apron which is compl...
02/22/2021

Rustic #sashiko stitching on an old apron-- this detail shows almost the entire surface area of the apron which is completely stitched like this.

Detail of an #indigo dyed #katazome cotton boro futon cover.
02/21/2021

Detail of an #indigo dyed #katazome cotton boro futon cover.

A family crest rendered in #indigo utilizing both the #katazome and #tsutsugaki methods. Remarkable skill was needed to ...
02/20/2021

A family crest rendered in #indigo utilizing both the #katazome and #tsutsugaki methods. Remarkable skill was needed to accomplish what we see here.

Amazingly precise and intricate carving on this wood #itajime board--not to mention a splendid design.
02/20/2021

Amazingly precise and intricate carving on this wood #itajime board--not to mention a splendid design.

Stitched detail of an #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki boro textile showing thick cotton thread twined from two colors.
02/19/2021

Stitched detail of an #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki boro textile showing thick cotton thread twined from two colors.

Thank you, @oldindustrial
02/16/2021

Thank you, @oldindustrial

Photos from Sri Threads's post
02/15/2021

Photos from Sri Threads's post

From my collection of anchor themed textiles is this curious one--an #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki futon cover refashioned fr...
02/14/2021

From my collection of anchor themed textiles is this curious one--an #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki futon cover refashioned from a kimono-shaped duvet or yogi. It shows a pair of heavy iron anchors bobbing among ocean waves, a rather preposterous idea and, I guess, something to ponder. Anchors are sometimes seen on trousseau items--as this no doubt was-- as they symbolize the mooring of things, a beautiful idea and an appropriate one for Valentine's day. ­čĺÖ

Beautiful Okinawan #bashofu or cloth woven from banana fiber, this one with indigo dyed warp yarns creating narrow, vert...
02/13/2021

Beautiful Okinawan #bashofu or cloth woven from banana fiber, this one with indigo dyed warp yarns creating narrow, vertical stripes. Detail of a full garment.

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