Bug’s Nests for an Obi?


We found this wonderfully intersting paper in an antique textile shope in Tokyo (Morito).

It has hundreds of  “skins” from the nests of tiny bugs. The Japanese call them bag worms or Minomushi.

They are beautiful in of themselves but to see them sewn into a long obi is mind boggling.

Here is a detail. Can you see some of the tiny stitches?

This is a fragment of an obi that was given to me years and years ago. I always thought it was from silk cocoons but could never figure out how. Now I see that it is also made of Minomushi. 

A detail of the obi fragment.

A Show Not to Miss – The Catherine Cerny Collection


Do not miss this show in Davis, California. It features textiles from the collection of my travel partner, Cathy Cerny. UC Davis Design Museum, Cruess Hall, September 24 to December 9, 2018. See hours on the invitation image. Closed on Saturday.

Here is Cathy in the entrance to the show featuring her textiles from Japan. The show is absolutely wonderful.

The show is about techniques used in Japanese textiles. It is beautiful.

Not only beautifully done but also informative with cases of samples and tools.

Here is Cathy with Alicia Decker, the curator (center) and Bronte Blanco, the designer of the show.

Here I am with Cathy and two friends that came from Japan just for the opening of the exhibition.