Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. She traveled to Kagawa prefecture, the area once called “Sanuki Country”, to visit a workshop making Sanukikagari Temari, a local, traditional toy made using exquisite cotton yarn.
The patterns follow set motifs, from those that portend good fortune, like the interlocking shippo “Seven Treasure” formation, and the kikko “Tortoise Shell”, to Japanese native flowers and blossoms. Even their names are charming, “Chrysanthemum Interlock”, “Cherry Blossom Crisscross”, “Star Heaps”. The cotton threads are individually dyed with wild plant colorings; the natural herbaceous colors of indigo, madder, the ubiquitous Japanese benibana crimson, all so soft and genteel.