I think it takes ten or so of these hanten jackets before you get the idea of measuring and finishing them up just perfectly. We can finish two and perhaps a baby third if all goes well. I picked up some Edwin Jeans off cuts and we sewed jackets the first three days.
Here they are:
The second jacket we made from either antique linen or some hand-woven organic fair trade cotton I picked up in Sri Lanka a few months back. We calculated the measurements and dyed the designs right on the body of the cloth. Seven creative indigo hamsters on my hands. Things are coming together today.
Hand made madder paste paint on the crest on the back of the jacket.
We needed a break from all this fresh green, croaking frogs and singing birds so we headed into Tokyo for a day. We went to the Amuse Boro Museum and the Edo Museum. We sought out old fireman jacket designs.
We were completely museumed-out at the end of the day. Overwhelmed by hundreds of years of sophisticated Japanese culture in our faces.
The small paper models of the festival-goers in Edo period were amazing.
The Edo period wood block pictures provided us with more insight into the jackets we are designing and sewing.
This particular wood block print commissioned for a fire brigade in Edo period was particularly informative.
And the beauty of resourcefulness at the Boro Museum.
As always we want more time to study and make things. It is frustrating. I wish we had months to really master the processes. The sewing of the jackets, the history behind Japanese clothing, the indigo dyeing and the pigment making and the design genius of the Japanese traditional Edo craft masters. But if we had months we would want years. And a decade would be necessary to really get it right. (We know all a long that it takes a lifetime and even then we may miss the mark.) Jeeeeeeesh.
Julie Cat with her new kittens in her box.