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Must-read: “Mottainai: The Fabric of Life Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan”

Presenting a thorough guide to Japanese heritage textiles, Mottainai: The Fabric of Life Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan is a must-have for indigo lovers and denim heads alike.

Over the past five years there has been a growing interest in Japanese heritage textiles and the storied history behind them. Everyone from vintage collectors to designers and art galleries that have been celebrating the traditional techniques of Japan like boro, sashiko, Katazome, and shibori. There have been a number of great book releases (Boro: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan and Riches from Rags) that have helped share the knowledge on these astonishing relics.


If you’re looking for another addition to your bookshelf then Mottainai: The Fabric of Life Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan is a brilliant release worth checking out. The release came out back in 2011 and is a collaboration between textile galleries Sri in New York City and Gallery Kei in Kyoto. Released as a catalogue of an exhibition by the same name put on at the Portland Japanese Garden book presents 60 pages of beautiful photographs along with in-depth information and context regarding the textiles and techniques. Unlike other books on the subject, this is one of the few written in English which makes it even more worthwhile. Pick one up now from Sri.

Images sourced from Audaciter.

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