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.
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.
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.