The JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide – Part IV

Craft Therapy

As the pandemic continues and we find ourselves at home more than ever, many people discovered new hobbies, started crafting, or learned a new skill. Here are two locally based companies that offer Japanese textile crafts in convenient at-home kits. These would be perfect for the crafter in your life looking to learn something new.

Japanese Tie-Dye

Yamato Indigo specializes in Japanese indigo powder dye that was developed in Tokyo in 1818 by the company Aikuma Senryo. With tie-dye being one of the biggest trends in fashion and DIY in 2020, the crafter can explore traditional Japanese shibori to learn about the origins of tie-dye. At-home dye kits are available on Yamato Indigo’s website, or you could get a gift card, allowing the recipient to choose the dye kit they’d like to explore.

Photo: @yamatoindigo.com
Photo: @yamatoindigo.com

 

Sashiko

Miniature Rhino offers kits, supplies, and online classes on sashiko. A simple, Japanese embroidery technique, sashiko uses intriguing stitched patterns to embellish or mend clothing and textiles. With sustainability in fashion continuing to grow as a trend, learning this technique allows for the crafter to explore a new way of repairing a favorite garment or fixing an upcycled piece.

Photo: @miniaturerhino.com
Photo: @miniaturerhino.com