Handweaving

Handweaving

My exposure to handweaving, particularly bashofu and Ryukyu kasuri weaving, began when i was very, very young.  I was born in Okinawa, Japan where my grandmother was a kimono-maker, bashofu weaver, and natural dye artisan.  My grandfather passed away before i was born, so my grandmother was a single mother.  She also served as the […]

Eco-Dyeing on Fibers and Cloth

Eco-Dyeing on Fibers and Cloth

I began eco-dyeing about six (6) years ago after a good friend in a handweaving study group showed me her own eco-dyed projects. After learning more about the process, I realized that it was similar to the pigment extraction processes used to create Bingata natural dyes and Ryukyu Ai indigo vats in Okinawa. These are […]

Ryukyu Ai Indigo Dyeing

Ryukyu Ai Indigo Dyeing

When i walk in the park near one of my art studios, i often pass by an elderly couple walking arm in arm…the elderly man plays the harmonica while his wife sings songs from their homeland in China.  Their music is quite beautiful.  Each and every time time i wander past them, i think of […]