thank you LKY

Today is a day of grief for Singaporeans as we say our goodbyes to Singapore’s founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

I must say as a teenager living in Singapore, I was never really appreciative and have always wanted to leave Singapore in search of culture, creativity and freedom. After living in Japan for 10 years and having to travel a lot for work, I now realise how much freedom and mobility I actually have as a Singaporean. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the stability in my home country. I was given an equal chance as my peers or someone in a developed country to pursue my dreams. This equality did not come easy and we must never forget the hardship that has brought us here.

Thank you Mr. Lee for the fight that has not only provided us with a comfortable life but the equal rights and freedom to pursue our dreams as Singaporeans.

RIP.

* * * * * The five stars on our national flag depict Singapore’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. May these ideals continue to guide us as a nation.


TEXTILE FESTIVAL IN OCHIAI PART 2

Textile Festival in Ochiai

More from ‘Some No Komichi 染の小道’. Besides outdoor exhibition, there were also many indoor workshops that you could participate in to learn more about traditional dyeing techiques. Here in Futaba-en, you can try dyeing your own textile with Edo dyeing techniques.

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai070

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Futaba-en also had a small shop and cafe area at the back during the event. They created a very nice space with modern products made with traditional techniques. The music selection was also perfect!

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai


Textile Festival In Ochiai Part 1

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Once a year, my neighbourhood comes to life in an event called ‘Some no Komichi 染の小道’. The Ochiai/Nakai district used to be filled with up to 300 small dyeing factories from Showa period to 1950′s. Today it is still home to some artisans and is a meeting place for people who are interested to learn about Japanese dyeing techniques. This 3-day event usually held during the last weekend of February, celebrates its dyeing heritage with colorful hand-dyed textile and hands-on dyeing workshops. Shopfronts are decorated with hand-dyed ‘Noren’ (Japanese curtains) and colorful dyed kimono cloths are raised over the Myoshoji river where dyed clothes used to be washed. Many visitors come dressed in kimono which makes it feel like you have traveled back in time.

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Information:
Duration: 27 Feb ~ 1 Mar 2015 (Usually held on the last weekend of February each year)
Closet station: Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line/ Toei Oedo Line
Event map: http://www.somenokomichi.com/2015map
Official Site (mostly in Japanese): http://www.somenokomichi.com/


Christmas is coming!

Merry Christmas from Polkaros

Have you started Christmas shopping? Place your orders on our online store by 15 Dec. 2014 to receive them by Christmas!

Tenugui

polkaros christmas

Happy shopping! x


Dröm Pop!

Pop Up Shop in Singapore
We had our first pop up shop in Singapore at The Little Dröm Store and it was such a lovely experience. We showcased our handcrafted ceramic pots, Tenugui, zines and new items such as our clutch bags and Polkaros Poms! Thank you Singapore for all your support♥︎ Here are some pictures of how it turned out!
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Above you’ll see our new Polkaros Poms, carefully handcrafted by Singaporean PomPom maker Melly. I will do a proper blog post about them soon!
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
I had fun decorating the glass window with the help of two very talented girls – Melly and Joycelyn! Thank you so much for staying back to help!
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to the lovely Dröm keepers Antoinette and Stanely for making this happen. They have so much love for their products and work so well together as a team. It was such a pleasure working with them! Looking forward to future collaborations!
Pop Up Shop in Singapore
The pop up shop will be on till the end of November 2014. Do check if out if you are in Singapore! The ceramic pots are sold out but other items are still available.
Address: The Little Dröm Store SOTA, School of the arts 1 Zubir Said Drive, #02-01 Singapore 227 968
Photo credit: The Little Dröm Store


Summer Pop Up Shop & Workshop

Polkaros Pop Up Shop

It’s starting to get chilly here in Tokyo and Summer is leaving us quickly. I am going to miss the sun and all the summer activities! This summer was especially memorable for us as we had a lovely Summer pop up shop and workshop at Sugar Town. A big thank you to the owners of Sugar town, and everyone who took time off to drop by! Thank you so much for your support. Here are some pictures of how the event turned out!

Polkaros Pop Up Shop

Polkaros Workshop

This was our first Polkaros ceramic painting workshop and to assist the participants, I created a simple worksheet to show how you can start designing your own character.

Polkaros Workshop

Participants could tryout their designs on paper before moving on to their ceramic pieces.

Polkaros Workshop

Marie from Etincelle Creative Studio attended with her sweetest daughter Chloe! The cutest Mother & Daughter team! Marie did a lovely blog post on the event. Do take a look here!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

Everyone was so focused on their pieces!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

One of the participants Rutsuko painted ‘Marnie’ the main character from Ghibli’s latest film ‘When Marnie was there’.

Polkaros Workshop

It was so amazing to see how everyone’s masterpieces turned out!! Great job ladies!

Polkaros Workshop

Polkaros Workshop

Thank you everyone for coming♥︎♥︎♥︎



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