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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A rolled cotton festival obi resist dyed with bengara, an iron oxide derived dye.
06/29/2021

A rolled cotton festival obi resist dyed with bengara, an iron oxide derived dye.

A rolled cotton festival obi resist dyed with bengara, an iron oxide derived dye.

A #sakiori kotatsugake or rag woven cotton cloth used for covering a heating element in traditional Japanese homes. This...
06/28/2021

A #sakiori kotatsugake or rag woven cotton cloth used for covering a heating element in traditional Japanese homes. This is hand-woven, the warp is cotton, the weft is cotton rag. The unfinished edges tell us this was once backed, probably with pieced scraps of old cotton, the backing is now gone.
mid twentieth century
56 1/2" x 54 1/2", 143.5 cm x 138.5 cm

Hemp stitched mending to cotton sakabukuro or bags used as filters in sake making. The brown color of the cotton is due ...
06/27/2021

Hemp stitched mending to cotton sakabukuro or bags used as filters in sake making. The brown color of the cotton is due to kaki shibu or fermented green persimmon tannin

Hemp stitched mending to cotton sakabukuro or bags used as filters in sake making. The brown color of the cotton is due to kaki shibu or fermented green persimmon tannin

A sampler of sorts of the designs of hishi-zashi, the elaborate embroidery done in rural Aomori prefecture at the northe...
06/26/2021

A sampler of sorts of the designs of hishi-zashi, the elaborate embroidery done in rural Aomori prefecture at the northern tip of Honshu.

A sampler of sorts of the designs of hishi-zashi, the elaborate embroidery done in rural Aomori prefecture at the northern tip of Honshu.

A Dutch mending sampler dated 1768p0
06/25/2021

A Dutch mending sampler dated 1768p0

A Dutch mending sampler dated 1768p0

Detail of stencil dyed moire or Kumanozome, late 19th, early 20th century
06/24/2021

Detail of stencil dyed moire or Kumanozome, late 19th, early 20th century

Detail of stencil dyed moire or Kumanozome, late 19th, early 20th century

Large-scale #indigo dyed cotton #kasuri pieces re-purposed without regard for their alignment resulting in this beautifu...
06/22/2021

Large-scale #indigo dyed cotton #kasuri pieces re-purposed without regard for their alignment resulting in this beautifully syncopated field of grey/white-on-blue squares of various sizes and proportions.
58" x 45" or 147.5 cm x 114.5 cm

Large-scale #indigo dyed cotton #kasuri pieces re-purposed without regard for their alignment resulting in this beautifully syncopated field of grey/white-on-blue squares of various sizes and proportions.
58" x 45" or 147.5 cm x 114.5 cm

A heavily layered, completely #sashiko stitched square-shaped, pieced cotton cloth. The arrangement of the pieces and th...
06/21/2021

A heavily layered, completely #sashiko stitched square-shaped, pieced cotton cloth. The arrangement of the pieces and their relative proportions to each other within the square format is so deftly and unintentionally artful that it is hard not to be amazed by this visual sophistication.

A heavily layered, completely #sashiko stitched square-shaped, pieced cotton cloth. The arrangement of the pieces and their relative proportions to each other within the square format is so deftly and unintentionally artful that it is hard not to be amazed by this visual sophistication.

Paulownia leaves done eight ways on a late 18th/early 19th century crepe silk kimono that was donated to a Buddist templ...
06/20/2021

Paulownia leaves done eight ways on a late 18th/early 19th century crepe silk kimono that was donated to a Buddist temple, taken apart and then fashioned into a wall hanging. The silk embroidery is still rich in color, the gold couching is tight and intact, the silk cloth itself is virtually unfaded and appears as it must have looked when made. The image is a lavish one of beautifully realized phoenixes alighting on paulownia branches.

Paulownia leaves done eight ways on a late 18th/early 19th century crepe silk kimono that was donated to a Buddist temple, taken apart and then fashioned into a wall hanging. The silk embroidery is still rich in color, the gold couching is tight and intact, the silk cloth itself is virtually unfaded and appears as it must have looked when made. The image is a lavish one of beautifully realized phoenixes alighting on paulownia branches.

Visible traces of a family surrounding a hearth can be seen on the wear patterns of this wholly #sashiko stitched kotats...
06/19/2021

Visible traces of a family surrounding a hearth can be seen on the wear patterns of this wholly #sashiko stitched kotatsugake or a heavy cloth which is draped over a heated table. The center of the cloth is completely worn through as can be seen on the first photo. The second photo shows the positions of the four people who surrounded this heated table. The third photo shows how surface abrasion breaks down of the order of the sashiko stitching as some of the elements of the stitched pattern have disappeared leaving an interrupted design.

Detail of a hand painted child's kimono showing the back of a crane  "disappearing" into what would have been the seam o...
06/18/2021

Detail of a hand painted child's kimono showing the back of a crane "disappearing" into what would have been the seam of the garment--a beautifully unintended and mysterious image.

Detail of a hand painted child's kimono showing the back of a crane "disappearing" into what would have been the seam of the garment--a beautifully unintended and mysterious image.

Detail of a Western tailored shirt made from re-purposed Japanese textiles, no doubt culled from garments of traditional...
06/17/2021

Detail of a Western tailored shirt made from re-purposed Japanese textiles, no doubt culled from garments of traditional form such as kimono, etc.

Detail of a Western tailored shirt made from re-purposed Japanese textiles, no doubt culled from garments of traditional form such as kimono, etc.

Some very good lengths of #indigo dyed cotton zanshi ori or cloth woven from leftover yarn pieces which have been knotte...
06/15/2021

Some very good lengths of #indigo dyed cotton zanshi ori or cloth woven from leftover yarn pieces which have been knotted together to form one long filament or skein. This leftover yarn is often used to feed the weft which results in a random striping along the length. Sometimes you see interrupted color or stripes as on the second photo where a white yarn disappears into a dark field. The reverse of these lengths show a lot of slubs, which are the knots used to tie all of the leftover lengths together. Zanshi ori is a personal favorite because it embodies such ingenuity and resourcefulness and it is a touchstone/ inspiration for greater ideas on how we can build something strong and beautiful with limited resources.

Pages from an album composed of a Japanese girl's sewing lessons: buttons, button holes and snaps, fashioning a pocket, ...
06/14/2021

Pages from an album composed of a Japanese girl's sewing lessons: buttons, button holes and snaps, fashioning a pocket, two buttonholes. In the Meiji era girls would attend sewing schools to learn sewing techniques. Apparently the lessons were tough and the teachers exacting-- they expected diligence, if not perfection, from the students.

Woven bast fiber mesh--repaired mosquito netting--beautifully draped and sculpted by daylight.
06/13/2021

Woven bast fiber mesh--repaired mosquito netting--beautifully draped and sculpted by daylight.

Woven bast fiber mesh--repaired mosquito netting--beautifully draped and sculpted by daylight.

Three rolled lengths of safflower or #benibana dyed hemp or ramie cloth. Each piece is in poor condition because of hole...
06/12/2021

Three rolled lengths of safflower or #benibana dyed hemp or ramie cloth. Each piece is in poor condition because of holes and ingrained dirt, but the dye is still vivid, which is fortunate because safflower dye is notoriously light fugitive. Depending on how the dyestuff is manipulated and how the cloth is mordanted, safflower yields an amazingly wide spectrum of tones from a pale yellow to a rich deep fuchsia as seen here.

Three rolled lengths of safflower or #benibana dyed hemp or ramie cloth. Each piece is in poor condition because of holes and ingrained dirt, but the dye is still vivid, which is fortunate because safflower dye is notoriously light fugitive. Depending on how the dyestuff is manipulated and how the cloth is mordanted, safflower yields an amazingly wide spectrum of tones from a pale yellow to a rich deep fuchsia as seen here.

A ball of twined rag himo or home made rope with a tuft of safflower dyed silk  appearing on top.
06/11/2021

A ball of twined rag himo or home made rope with a tuft of safflower dyed silk appearing on top.

A ball of twined rag himo or home made rope with a tuft of safflower dyed silk appearing on top.

Two details from a diagonally #sashiko stitched, piece constructed, very heavyweight kotatsugake which is a thick cloth ...
06/10/2021

Two details from a diagonally #sashiko stitched, piece constructed, very heavyweight kotatsugake which is a thick cloth used to cover and trap the warmth of a heated table, used by families.

A sprig of plum blossoms delicately and expertly hand painted on a beautifully dyed yellow silk 19th century kimono to b...
06/08/2021

A sprig of plum blossoms delicately and expertly hand painted on a beautifully dyed yellow silk 19th century kimono to be offered tomorrow at [email protected]
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A sprig of plum blossoms delicately and expertly hand painted on a beautifully dyed yellow silk 19th century kimono to be offered tomorrow at [email protected]
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Patches and hand stitching on an #indigo dyed cotton boro futon cover.
06/07/2021

Patches and hand stitching on an #indigo dyed cotton boro futon cover.

Patches and hand stitching on an #indigo dyed cotton boro futon cover.

Sunday at Sri
06/06/2021

Sunday at Sri

Sunday at Sri

Details of a pieced komebukuro or rice bag, the wool cloth pieces show damage from insects. Lovely color progression.
06/06/2021

Details of a pieced komebukuro or rice bag, the wool cloth pieces show damage from insects. Lovely color progression.

Details of a pieced komebukuro or rice bag, the wool cloth pieces show damage from insects. Lovely color progression.
06/06/2021

Details of a pieced komebukuro or rice bag, the wool cloth pieces show damage from insects. Lovely color progression.

Sunday at Sri
06/06/2021

Sunday at Sri

Sunday at Sri

DM to plan a visit!
06/05/2021

DM to plan a visit!

DM to plan a visit!

Mending within arabesques of #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki cotton.
06/05/2021

Mending within arabesques of #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki cotton.

Mending within arabesques of #indigo dyed #tsutsugaki cotton.

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