It's sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan, and the trees are magnificent! And the textiles aren't so bad either... ;-) The textile tradition, both historic and contemporary, is so rich and plentiful in Japan, so there's always something wonderful to see.
Diana Sanderson, of Sanjo, had the rare and honoured distinction to meet with Jun-ichi Arai, a living legend in the weaving world. He was so generous with his time and shared so much of his deep and fascinating collection, amassed over his many years of weaving and innovating. We are deeply indebted to him for taking the time to share his love of textiles with us.
We also met with our suppliers in Japan, so you can expect some tantalyzing tidbits in the next while. Woohoooo! Isn't spring wondrous?