Reversible Skirt

Size: Skirt length 61cm

Perfect for the upcoming season, this light skirt comes in KUPLAN KUKKA (Bubble Flower) from the kuiskaus by the textile designer, Sawako Ura. This season’s two new colors of fabric in salt shrunk #80 lawn, is turned into a reversible skirt. After a silk screen print, the original pattern design by Ura was layered and applied with transparent print and salt shrinking to create this special fabric.

Design & Work: Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample: kuiskaus(Outer fabric)JG31000-2(E)
      (Lining fabric)JG31000-2(G)


Materials:
□ Fabric 106cm wide×2m
□ Elastic tape: Waist size (1cm wide)

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I once made a ribbon blouse in this series, and remember that the texture was rather solid for a lawn material. This time, in the new colors, I wanted to take advantage of the character of this material. So, I came up with a full circle skirt, hoping to create a look of a pannier or a hoop skirt.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
By itself, the fabric is somewhat thin and see through, and you may think it’s better to attach a liner. By incorporating two new colors, the skirt can be enjoyed both inside and out. The yellow hem peeking behind the purple front adds a nice spring-like accent.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
To complement this delicate material, a thin (1cm) waist elastic tape was used. If you like, you could be creative by adding other elastic material, like a rib, for the waist in lieu of the tape.

KF: How should we use this skirt in everyday situations?
It is great for a feminine look as well as for a cute and casual styling with a T-shirt, socks and sneakers.

KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Koto Thouin

The brand launched by Kurara Omichi, the top winner of the 4th Kokka Print Textile Competition

The new brand by Kurara Omichi, the top winner of the 4th Kokka Print Textile Competition is finally making its debut! With her avant-garde design and distinct use of colors, Omichi represents a new style of textile. HaaT of ISSEY MIYAKE INC spotted and adopted the unconventional textile for their spring/summer collection. The brand’s name, Koto Thouin comes from the Japanese word of Kotohamu, which means “let’s ask, let’s inquire.” When designing, she gets the inspiration from questioning stares that are cast from the stains, scars and shadows of the things.

Urayama no Shomen  JG29000-1A Cotton Linen Sheeting
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When you close your eyes, you can picture that mountain, your childhood playground, that stood behind your house. Even when you are far away from it, it makes you feel that it is always there, quietly watching over you. The design depicts an existence of such mountain in a bold style.

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Drawstring Bag

Size: Bag About 38cm (l) 20cm (Bottom diameter)

Perfect for an early spring outing, this drawstring bag is unique and stylish with the hemp yarn-woven bottom to match a natural tone fabric. The featured fabric is LAND WITH ANGELS designed by an illustrator/handcraft artist, mina chape. The textile reminds you of a French born 18th century print design of Toile De Jouy. Creating a fanciful feel, a flock of sheep, angels and moon are placed around medieval churches in a style of delicate line drawings.

Design & Work: Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample: (Panel outer fabric, Lining fabric)JGA-70010 D/#10 A


Materials:
□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric, Lining fabric): 90cm×80cm
    (Shoulder strap, Tab, Stopper): 10cm×110cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 65cm×7cm
□ Cord: 1.2m (0.3cm diameter)
□ Swivel hooks: Two pieces (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ D rings: Three pieces (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ Slide Adjuster: One piece (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ Grommet: Twelve pairs (Diameter 1.3cm)
□ Hemp yarn: 150g (Medium weight)
□ #5/0 Crochet hook

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Like a small panel design, the lovely illustrations are everywhere. I wanted to create an item with a shape that allows every part of the design to be seen from various angles.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Since the base color is in a natural tone, I came up with a hemp yarn-woven bottom as an accent. While it may take longer than sewing, this bottom is better as it is solid without a core.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The bag itself is just a tube, so it is easy to make. The basket bottom is attached to the top tube by hand sewing. To make it secure, I recommend using a solid thread for this process.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The drawstring bag was at one time very popular, and the trend seems to be back with many people carrying it these days. For an elevated elegant look, try it with a longer strap and match it with a simple mature clothing style.

KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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3min.

Salad themed new design collection

With the concept “Getting the clothes you want – fast and easy”, the 3min., which debuted last year, is a series created by the designer Masahiro Tobita from the apparel brand, “Spoken words project.” The second in a series, the 2017ss collection’s theme is “Salad.” It comes in a full line of spring-like tones. The 3min. fabric is also introduced in Kokka’s fabric catalog site. Please check it out!

Leaf  JGA20040-1 Air tumbler treated cotton linen sheeting
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How about serving a bowl of vegetable salad full of freshly picked leaves at sunrise.
As you stare into the bowl, you will get so caught in the beauty of nature, and it will make you forget that you are about to eat it. Drawn carefully in watercolor paints, every leaf is placed joyously on a piece of fabric. This textile goes so well against the natural light of spring and summer. Why not go out to town filled with soft breeze in an outfit made with this textile?

The soft finish cotton linen sheeting is versatile so it has many uses from clothing to bags.

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Round Bottom Bag

Size: About 25cm (l) About 42.5cm (w) About 27cm (bottom) (Handle excluded)

This large round-bottom tote bag with a sturdy flat handle comes in the LOGBOOK, a design that was inspired from a ship’s journal. A thick #8 canvas features four colors, blue (as shown), khaki, gray and ecru beige. With slightly faded colors here and there, it looks somewhat vintage, making this fabric versatile for use by both men and women. Matching travel goods and cases will make a nice addition to this tote bag.

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:
 H11500-501A


Materials:
□ Outer fabric: 110cm wide × 60cm
□ Lining fabric: 90cm wide x 50cm
□ Fusible interfacing (Thick): 110cm wide × 75cm
□ Flat tape (4.5cm wide): 92cm

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