born of artistry
We pay respect to the footsteps of our predecessors and try to follow the traditional methods as much as possible. Dying threads with natural materials such as indigo, madder, Kariyasu plant, sappanwood, gromwell root, walnut, loquat, pomegranate is a way to do so, as well as recreating the traditional geometric patterns of chrysanth, cherry blossom, and cosmos flower. Despite our intention, though, there is always a touch of modern senses and new creation.
“I myself was not familiar with the traditional methods, so in a way I was free from some preconceptions of what to or not to do in my creation. If my thread-balls have certain freshness about it, it may owe to that” Eiko ARAKI says.
“Our thread-balls are to be part of daily life, something to be loved and caressed by their owners. That’s why each thread-ball I make has to be something I truly want for myself, too. ”
“I always remind myself to not “bully” cotton. It goes without saying that rubbing on the threads’ surface, when dying or even sewing, results in fluffs. So I try to avoid putting a strain on it as much as possible. Now I came to realise that these cotton threads even radiate subtle luster when handled right.
Another tip to enrich the cotton feel is to strategically wind each thread around core with least overlapping. This will help the surface to be evenly rounded and patterns to grow on its density.
It is also our aim to create something that goes with our current lifestyle, while incorporating the essence from traditional TEMARI. Our products are perfect for gifts, casual or formal, and for keeping by your side everyday.