Sashiko and Fan Byobu

Sashiko and Fan Byobu
Item# OBYOBU006
Omi:  Kyoto:  Tokyo: 

Product Description

Sashiko and Fan Byobu
Sashiko only $6,900

Sashiko and Fan Byobu $9,000

Sashiko and 3 sensu byobu, size: w. 62.9” x h. 31.4”, 4 panels, $3,900. You can choose one sensu on first panel (from left) from Omi, one on 3rd panel (from left) from Kyoto and one on 4th panel (from left) from Tokyo.

Sashiko: Sashiko quilting is a form of quilting, which originated in Japan. Centuries ago, Japanese peasants practiced a running-stitch technique called "little stabs" to patch torn or worn clothes. The idea of mending was necessary, as cloth and thread were scarce and therefore valuable. With the advent of white cotton thread, this was used for patching indigo blue garments, giving Sashiko its distinctive appearance. Sashiko is used for firemen’s uniforms, Judo uniforms, farmer’s clothing in northern areas, etc.

Sensu: The hand-held fan has been used in the Orient since ancient times as a means of creating a breeze. These kinds of personal fans were inspired by the shape of leaves or the shape of a bird's wing. Already in use in Japan in the 7th century, the portable folding fan is a homegrown handcrafted item. The earliest versions, hinoki fans, were made of thin slats of cypress hinoki wood that were stacked and bound. Later, paper fans were made by pasting paper to a skeleton of split bamboo. Folding fans were exported to China in the 13th century. Later, the fashion migrated to Europe. It is said that there were many fan-making artisans in Madrid and Paris as a result of this migration. Since then, many types of folding fans have been created with various materials in different shapes and decorations as times have changed. There are two types of processes to make fans now. One artisan in Tokyo performs almost all the processes. In Kyoto, different artisans perform each process. Also, Tokyo fans usually have less skeletons of bamboo (called ken). Omi is a place produce 80% of skeletons in Japan. There are many different fans for different occasions; men’s and women’s sizes and designs differ also (usually men’s are usually 7.5 sun = 8.8” length; women’s are usually 6.5 sun = 7.6” length).

Omi; 1. Black (Kakishibu), 2. Brown (Kakishibu), 3. Light Green, 4. Gray, 5. Pink, 6. Yellow

Kakishibu: Persimmon Astringent Juice
Sheep skin fan, color: 1. Black, 2. Brown, 3. Beige, 4. Orange
Edo (Tokyo)
Edo (Tokyo) sen, design: 1. Panda, 2. Pig, 3. Dog, 4. Rabbit