Kimono, Vanishing Tradition

Kimono, Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century. The lovely design of this revised 2nd edition also renders it a “coffee table worthy” purchase or gift. The subject is particularly timely now—since although people have been talking about the Japanese “vanishing” kimono tradition” for years, the most wondrous of the vintage garments from 1970s and prior are now truly an endangered species for kimono aficionadosRead More →

Junichi Arai textile featured image

Junichi Arai (1932 – 2017) was a Japanese textile designer and producer born in Kiryu, Gunma. As the sixth generation of a mill-owning family, Arai grew up with fabrics being woven for obis and kimonos. He held traditional weaving methods in high regard and the skills that only the human hand can have in the art of fabric making. Read More →

Helen Abson - ZAB Design

Helen Abson, who trained as an architect, is an Australian designer. She pursued architecture for five years; founded ZAB Design where she designed fabrics that exhibited a preoccupation for texture achieved through pattern and colour.Read More →

Hand weaving and cloth design

Hand Weaving and Cloth Design by Marianne Straub. The book consists of a Glossary of weaving terms and explains yarn choices, yarn count, warp calculations, and yarn quantities. Talks about Handlooms of various types, how to prepare the loom, methods of weaving, weave notation. Also discusses Plain weave, twill weave,Read More →

Gertrud Preiswerk

Gertrud Preiswerk was a Swiss textile designer she was born in Basel. Between 1926 and 1930, she trained in-the weaving workshop, Bauhaus, Dessau, under Gunta Stolzl. In 1929, she took a summer course, Johanna Brunsons’s Weaving School, Stockholm. She studied the operation of silk power looms at Vereinigte Seiden Webereien.Read More →

Candace Wheeler fabric

Candace Wheeler was an American textile and wallpaper designer. She was born in Delhi, New York and professionally active in New York. Long before there was Martha Stewart, Candace Wheeler helped bring a woman’s touch to the male-dominated field of interior design in 19th century America by teaching wealthier women how to make their homes more comfortable.Read More →