#H-1081 white sashiko hanafukin panel 'kabuki kanji'
These pre printed panels from Olympus Thread Mfg. Co.are called 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. They are printed in grey on white coloured narrow width traditional sarashi cloth (an easy to stitch traditional Japanese cotton cloth). Each panel is supplied in one piece with a plain area the same size attached, because they are designed to be stitched through both layers and the edges turned in to make a little cloth, but you can stitch the printed layer separately (as I have done above).
This new kanji character design is inspired by kabuki theatre and makes a great pair with the indigo blue kabuki actor hanafukin H-2085 or the ukiyo-e beauty (kabuki onnagata role) H-2084. It depicts the traditional kumadori or stylised make up worn by kabuki actors portraying samurai (read more about kumadori here) with the kanji characters for 'kabuki' - 歌舞伎 - 歌 'ka' means 'sing', 舞 'bu' represents 'dance' and 伎 'ki' = 'skill' - written in the traditional kanteiryū style used for kabuki. Other designs in stock in this range are the sumo wrestler and sumo kanji.
Includes English instructions!
Sarashi cloth is quite lightweight compared with other sashiko fabrics, but is very easy to stitch, super absorbent and wears well. It is one of the fabrics traditionally used for kimono underwear!
Finished size approx 13in (33cm) square.
Marks wash out. NB - the marks have less contrast than my pre printed sashiko panels.
Designed and made by Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. in Japan.