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Custom-engraved & Etched Jewelry
Painted Folding Shoji Screens
Japanese Digital Hanko Stamp
Japanese Name Translations
Yukata-Summer Cotton Kimonos
Yakimono-Japanese Pottery
Somemono-Dyed Silk and Cotton
Washi-Handmade Paper
Shakuhachi-Bamboo Flutes
Warosoku-Zen Meditation Candles
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Somemono - Traditional, Dyed Fabrics
from Ms. Murata and Mr. Shintani

~Cotton, Linen and Silk Tapestries, Crafted with Natural Dyes~

"The Dive,"
a silk tapestry by Mr. Shintani

"Two Days Before the Full Moon,"
a noren, split-curtain tapestry in linen by Ms. Murata

Mr. Shintani and Ms. Murata have each spent decades devoting their time to the craft of somemono, the dyeing of cloth, silk, linen and other materials. They practice their craft in the traditional way, incorporating dyes from local plants. Ms. Murata brews indigo dye by stewing clippings from locally grown ao, or indigo, plants to dye her noren, split-curtain tapestries. A large ceramic urn, placed in a covered area and buried to the brim in the earth, maintains a constant and proper environment for steeping the indigo leaves. There are only a handful of people left in Japan who prepare natural indigo dye in the traditional way.

Mr. Shintani is a master kimono and tapestry maker who teaches dyeing at a school in remote, Western Japan. Like Ms. Murata, the award-winning Mr. Shintani uses only traditional methods to create his pieces, routinely spending months on a kimono commission, a stark contrast to the latest fabric printers which can produce kimonos in minutes. Aware of this constant threat to his tradition, Mr. Shintani is an earnest teacher of his craft.
Somemono-Dyed Silk and Cotton

The Buds
Code: Buds
Price: $3,518.00
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The Dive
Code: Dive
Price: $1,273.00
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The Line
Code: Line
Price: $1,273.00
Quantity in Basket: none

Code: Mur1
Price: $945.00
Quantity in Basket: none

Code: Mur2
Price: $1,115.00
Quantity in Basket: none

Two Days Before the Full Moon
Code: Mur3
Price: $1,050.00
Quantity in Basket: none

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