- Well, I just finished a monster of a gored tunic out of coat weight
wool melton in order to appease the spirits of the Arizona desert in
February. Nothing spectacular, however, I predict that turning my
fingers to hamburger in hand-sewing this puppy will result in
relatively mild weather conditions at Estrella.
Currently in progress is a dan-gawari kosode. Dan gawari refers to a
sort of checkerboard effect done in large alternating blocks of fabric.
Here's one of my favorite extant examples from the 16th century:
Mine is alternating striped and solid silks in shades of violet.
The Japanese are inveterate fabric recyclers and we have pictorial
evidence dating to the 14th century of a retainer in kosode and hakama
which appear to have been pieced together out of two garments. By the
16th century, piecework is fashionable among city people and the
samurai classes. Sometimes to the point of excess as this 16th century
"crazy quilt" in silk and gold and silver brocade demonstrates:
Jehanne de Wodeford/Saionji no Hanae, which ever one I am today....
Province of the Mists, West Kingdom