Zakka 81: March 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

For all sewing lovers

I found two interesting web site for all sewing lovers!
You might already have known these site...?

If you could not find the fabric that you looking for, what about design by yourself?
They are doing custom fabric print. So you can design your own fabric!
I think this is a kind of crafters dream!!
You can be a textile designer?!

Do you love to do cross stitching or do you know someone love to do?
You should let them know!
Here you can convert your photo into a stitch pattern!
Thank you pattern creator it's absolutely free!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kaiawase -shell matching game-

★New in the shop★
Kaiawase is a shell-matching game played originally by nobles in the Heian period (794~1167)in Japan. The shells for this game are stored in a kaioke(A hexagonal container) but I use round box.
It's similar to the card game “concentration”.
The base color is gold and I sticked Japanese peculiarity things on the inside of shell, such as "cherry blossom""A fan""origami crane""chrysanthemum"..etc... 10 different pictures sets.
And I painted cherry blossoms on the outside of shell.

It's playful but you can use this for just like a home decoration ;)This is how to play ...

You can see Kaiwase design in Kimono

Monday, March 2, 2009


*Japanese Annual Event*
"Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival, Doll's Festival)" is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness. It is also called "Momo no sekku (Peach Festival)" because of the peach blossom season on the old lunar calendar. May 5th is "Kodomo no hi (Children's Day)," and this is so called "Boy's Festival." While Children's Day is a national holiday, Hinamatsuri is not.

Most families with girls display "hina-ningyo" (special dolls for Hinamatsuri) and dedicate peach blossoms to them. They are usually arranged on a five or seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet. At the top are the Emperor and Empress. The next step contains three court ladies (sannin-kanjo), followed by five musicians (gonin-bayashi), two ministers (udaijin and sadaijin), and three servants ending the bottom row in a five-tiered display. There are also small pieces of furniture, small meal dishes, and other things.

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