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.
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.
In appreciating Japanese folk textiles we look deep into them, appreciating their materials which are often hand made. In the case of this #indigo dyed striped cotton fabric woven from hand spun cotton we see one stray length of dark-toned indigo in an otherwise pale indigo warp. Observations on this micro-level bring great joy to us who love Japanese folk textiles! There is beauty and power in subtlety.
A network of #sashiko stitching over the image of an airplane on a cotton #furoshiki or traditional wrapping cloth. To be offered this Wednesday at [email protected] www.srithreads.com
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Demand from home-bound buyers for Akari lanterns jumped during Covid, helping the Noguchi museum keep all its staff and preserve salaries.
A large zanshi ori #furoshiki or a carrying cloth woven from leftover cotton yarns. This one is particularly attractive for it beautiful distribution of colors, randomly done through the act of weaving with leftover material. Its good size and condition also add to its appeal. It's a wonderful looking piece and a new acquisition.
A #sakiori or rag woven #kotatsugake or a blanket used for the hearth whose woven color bars are ingeniously aligned to create a complex geometric design based on color and tonal value in a sense reminiscent of but not inspired by Anni Albers.
Pieced and patched-- detail of the pieced cotton backing of a hand woven #sakiori or hand woven rag weave kotatsugake, a kind of heavy blanket made sometime in the early mid 20th century.
Detail of a recently acquired tsunobukuro or horn bag with beautiful pale blue and white cotton patches whose colors are in tonal contrast to the bast fiber base cloth.
A detail of #indigo dyed cotton zanshi ori which is cloth dyed from leftover yarns. In this case the yarns were meant to weave #kasuri or #ikat cloth which is why the random feed of the weft suddenly emerges as image. Note the wonderful elliptical patch.
An inventive variation on a traditional design motif rendered large scale on a Meisen silk kimono.
There are countless design variants of this kind of "basketweave" patterned cotton cloth--referred to as sankuzushi--which was extremely popular during the late Edo period.
A small patch on an Okinawan banana fiber and cotton tisaji which is a traditional type of cloth, rather short in length, which can be imbued with symbolic personal meaning.
Detail of mending and patches on an #indigo dyed boro cotton futon cover.
A stamp on a Buddhist pilgrim's coat.
A strange squiggle shape on 19th century #indigo dyed cotton #katazome
Beautiful areas of stitched mending on hemp kaya or mosquito netting. Over time--and soon--pieces like these to be offered for sale at www.srithreads.com
Superbly intricate Japanese silk hand stitched patchwork, a veritable kaleidoscope in cloth, as seen on the back of a padded han juban or half under-kimono. Most likely from the mid to late 1940s.
This #indigo dyed cotton #tsutsugaki futon cover has been reconfigured over time and its resisted image now gives the appearance of a Roccoco design.
A neat arc of tight, short stitches on a patch from an #indigo dyed cotton boron futon cover. The unusual shape of this patch is because it was once a shin guard, one of the trappings of a Japanese workers outfit.
Detail of an #indigo dyed boron futon cover--a very good quality one.
The back of #indigo dyed #katazome cotton with a lone patch of contrasting color and pattern. Late 19th/early 20th century.
A page from a dyer's book of color swatches, 1860s.
Detail of a safflower or #benibana dyed cord.
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