Earlier this year, I went to a Japanese traditional dyeing event called ‘Some no Komichi’. It was a 3 day event held in the Ochiai/Nakai area, also known as the center for Tokyo’s traditional dyeing industry. A place where skilled craftsmen can still be seen in their workshops applying colors and patterns to kimono silks. Until 1960s, newly dyed cloths were being washed in the Myoshoji River. To celebrate the traditional craft, hand-dyed fabric were displayed in the ‘River Gallery’ over the Myoshoji River throughout the event. The shopping street was decorated with Noren (Traditional Japanese fabric dividers) that were specially designed and hand-dyed by craftsmen for the shops that participated. Local craftsmen living in the area also opened their workshops to public for viewing and some even offered a 1 day trial lesson for visitors to experience traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Here are some pictures of the amazing 3 day event!
Back in Tokyo after a 2 week long work trip to Hong Kong and China. Visited my favorite place in Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po, in search of new fabrics for the coming season. Sham Shui Po never fails to amaze me with all the colors and clutter! Above is the part of the neighborhood where textile wholesalers line the streets with colorful fabric swatches for potential buyers to take for free. What a clever system to give out fabric swatches for free. I’ve collected enough swatches to start a mini fabric library! They will come in very handy when designing new products in the future.
★ I ♥ sham shui po
For those who have read my Farewell Party post, you’d would probably know that it was a difficult decision to leave my previous company. Nonetheless, it’s time to move on and I am looking forward to my new role as the Accessories Designer for CLINIQUE Asia Pacific. I will be in charge of designing accessories such as cosmetic pouches, vanity cases, tote bags and blankets sets for Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China. I will be going to Hong Kong tomorrow for 2 weeks to meet the marketing team for the first time! Will also be visiting textile markets and factories in China. Hope to find some nice fabric at the wholesale textile market!
Have a great midweek everyone!
These are some of the patterns that I’ve made with the help of Color Collective‘s color palettes. I am currently designing patterns for a series of fabric storage boxes at work. I was not very excited about the project initialy but once I imported these color palettes into my workspace and started making patterns, I realized that I was able to create stuff that were quite refreshing as these were colors that I would not usually use. This was my first time using the color palettes from Color Collective and I am quite pleased with the outcome. Glad I found a new way of approaching a project.
This is one of the factories we visited in Chang’an Town, China. It is fairly small but highly efficient. I was really impressed with the speed of the craftsmen. Every frame they silkscreened must have taken less a second. Looking at them made me realized that I have to seriously brush up my silkscreening skills! Would be a dream to have a silkscreen factory/workshop like this!
Our trip to china went pretty well. We visited textile wholesale markets and factories in Chang’an town, Humen town and Guangzhou. Our mission was to look for new fabrics for our Autumn and Winter collection. They had all sorts of fabrics ranging from faux leather/fur to sequence to cotton to nylon, almost any kind of fabric that you can think of. Fabric swatches were all free and we were able to take as many as we needed. Besides fabrics, there were also a whole lot of supplies such as zippers, buttons, chains, metal frame clasp…etc. How could I resist! I ended up buying lots of colorful zippers and faux leather for my personal projects as they are 3 times the price in Japan!