Kiriko

Dawn Yanagihara and Katsu Tanaka's handcrafted accessories, made with antique Japanese textiles

Since its inception in December 2012, Kiriko—a joint project between graphic designer Dawn Yanagihara and Compound Gallery owner Katsu Tanaka—has taken off. A mere four months after Yanagihara and Tanaka decided to start producing handmade scarves, pocket squares, ties and bags out of ancient Japanese textiles, the line is now carried in stores all over Portland—with imminent plans to expand further. The use of boro—an …

Indigo: The Color that Changed the World

Catherine Legrand's definitive guide to the blue dye

From the Golden Triangle to Central America, varieties of the indigofera plant have been cultivated and used in textile production for centuries. While synthetic dyes have largely replaced the lengthy and somewhat cumbersome method used to create indigo—it takes nearly a year to make, from planting to harvest, and then it must be fermented—a select few global communities continue with the old way. In “Indigo: …

Folk Fibers Indigo Wholecloth Collection

Hand-quilted and nature-dyed quilts from Austin's Maura Ambrose

Maura Grace Ambrose is known chiefly as a sage of 21st-century quilting. From her home in Austin, Texas, the young Savannah College of Art and Design graduate hand-sews gorgeous, oversized quilts from scraps and new materials, injecting the traditional domestic craft with fresh life. Ambrose has just added a new series to the Folk Fibers portfolio with the indigo wholecloth collection, which uses dyes from …