Sunday, 23 January 2011

Nippori Textile Town, Tokyo

Whilst in Tokyo I visited Nippori, otherwise known as ‘Fabric Town’. This area of the city hosts streets upon streets of unusual haberdashery and fabric stores ranging from the practical - kimono fabrics to the quirky - shops full of frills, and the truly bizarre - shops full of ferret fur. Despite it being early January and hence the majority of shops were unfortunately closed, there were still a few gems to visit. One of these was the leather store with its bags of unusual leather scraps, perfect for my material sample book and I material I feel has lots of exciting unexplored potential. One student in the Royal College’s exhibition had interestingly chosen to print on and manipulate leather which was innovative and a refreshing alternative to printing on silk or cotton.

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