Showcase: Kay (Virginia) Noragi Coat,Kasuri-Boro Hooded Jacket From Yokodana Fabrics

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We like to post on our web site when people have creatively used our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics in their work, so we are happy to share here pictures and emails from Kay of Virginia (USA). Below are her emails to us about her creations, followed by various pictures:

Update from Kay: May 31, 2023:

Hi Yoko! 
My beautiful Kasuri order arrived just now, in perfect condition.  It’s such beautiful fabric and I’ll really enjoy making something equally beautiful with it!

And I am overwhelmed with the equally beautiful, and generous, extra bits you include, as always.  I appreciate and use every scrap, I can assure you!  I have so many ideas already!

When I ordered the lovely ooshima tsumugi silk, you included additional fabric that matched the silk.   I used them both to make a jacket, using the extra pieces for sleeves and a facing for a lightweight Japanese-style summer jacket (based on noragi farmer's work jacket style, YL). 

I meant to send you this photo when I made it.

Kay Rankin, Hand-made from Ohshima
So thank you for your long-term business and your generosity of spirit.  Receiving a package from you always makes my day!!!! 

Kathleen Rankin (Virginia, USA)


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Her first work in 2022:
Kay of Virginia-hooded jkt from yokodana kasuri


 Hi Yoko,

I thought I’d send you a photo of my latest sewing project using textiles I bought from you. I call it a “Borojagi” - Japanese Boro inspired, and sewn using Korean Bojagi seams, but by machine not by hand. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used kimono-style patterning in the design, with a hood attached. Feel free to include it in your photo gallery of ideas.

I’m thinking of gradually adding Sashiko to it. And this project was made possible thanks to all the extra bits you put into my kasuri order. I am always touched by the extra bits you include with our orders. I’ve used them all!

Thank you as always for making such beautiful textiles available to us who appreciate the quality and precision of their making.

Kay from Virginia (USA)

 Borojagi Jacket Kay of Virginia close front

Borojagi Jacket Kay of Virginia close back
Borojagi Jacket Kay of Virginia close hood

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