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echino 15th Anniversary – Special Interview #2 – Mioko Sugino, Handicraft Artist

For our second interview series, we invited a handicraft artist, Mioko Sugino.
Not only has she continuously presented us with wonderful works and recipes on our craft & sewing site, she, as komihinata, keeps herself busy. We asked her about the charm and appeal of the echino fabrics.

Kokka Fabric (KF): You have created many works with the echino fabrics. Which fabric was the most memorable to you?

Mioko Sugino (MS): All of them left such an impression on me. Honestly, it is difficult to choose just one… well, if I have to pick one, then it would be “sprout.” I fell in love with this pattern at first sight when I saw it at the store. I loved the color, the pattern, the size, and everything else about it, so I bought two colors without hesitation. I still have some left, and am carefully using it little by little.


▲Works using the 2018 echino collection, sprout

KF: We are thrilled to learn that you are still using the rest of them…little by little.
You have created various works with echino fabrics. When making items using this fabric, what did you find the nicest things about them or anything challenging that you encountered?

MS:Thanks to the striking colors and patterns that are unique to echino, any creations turn out to look stylish with a strong impact even when they are made simply. It is a delightful aspect of this fabric. While I don’t find it difficult to use per se, sometimes it takes time to find fabrics that complement the unique colors of echino.

KF: The colors of echino are very special. That’s why echino’s line of solids with a variety of colors is very useful, isn’t it?


▲echino Solid Series

KF: To sum up, what do you think makes the echino so special?

MS:The first time I saw echino was at a large handicraft store. They had an area setup with echino fabrics. I felt the love of the store staff as they had even prepared a signboard. I clearly remember being drawn to the fabrics as they had such different feel unlike all the rest. The patterns and colors are clearly “echino”, and I think that presence, which was quite memorable, is what makes them so attractive.


Square Bag With a Diagonal Handle (2017)


Large Shopping Bag (2021)


Ribbon Tote Bag (2021)

KF: What kind of fabrics would you like to see for echino’s upcoming release?

MS: Large patterns are attractive, but I would be happy to see more small patterns like “sprout” that look lovely even if only a small portion is used! Also, I hope for an introduction of stripes and dots in echino colors.

KF:The echino standard series also include a small dot designs.

MS:So you do have dots! I would love to use them.

KF:In the coming years, what items would you like to make with echino fabrics?

MS:What I have in mind is a teddy bear made with a mishmash of remnants. For example, this part uses the piece from that pouch, and this section uses a leftover from that bag, and so on. Well, to be honest I am not very good at making stuffed animals, so I don’t expect the outcome to be amazing (laughs).

I think it would be fun to create a space coordinated in echino colors, by using the fabric for seat upholstery, curtains and throw pillows.

KF:We are excited to see your teddy bear. We cannot wait to introduce your echino-colored room on Kokka Fabric website.

echino 15th Anniversary – Special Interview #1 – Yuki Inomata, Handicraft Artist

Our first special interview features Yuki Inomata, a handicraft artist who has continuously
presented us with wonderful works and recipes on our craft & sewing site. We asked her about the charm and appeal of the echino fabrics.

Kokka Fabric (KF): You have created many works with the echino fabrics. Which fabric was the most memorable to you?

Yuki Inomata (YI): The fabric that left the biggest impression on me was the one with the blue bird. I selected that particular fabric for my workshop in Nagoya.

While most of the colors used in the fabrics were still natural tones at the time, this fabric presented me with a new experience, which was to make a bag using bright yellow. The bluebird is a motif that is dear to my heart, so the motif really touched me. This design had left me with such an impact.

KF: The fabric you selected was the parrot pattern in mustard color from the parakeet series, and the deer pattern and black dots from the sambar, both featured in the echino 2015 collection. The handle had a rich blue tone that matched the color of the parakeet. The lining fabric was a solid mustard color that complemented the parakeet. Accented with a leather embellishment, the bag had a sophisticated design.

KF: So far, you have created various works with echino fabrics. When making items using echino, what were the nicest things you found about them?

YI: When I make bags, I usually try to come up with a piece that incorporates the original texture of the material, and try not to use a fusible interfacing as much as possible.
For that purpose, echino’s fabric is the perfect material. The fabric itself has a structure that can be tailored well, is easy to sew, and the color does not fade easily even when it is made to be washed repeatedly. I find it a very useful material.


Clutch Bag (2014) Made with “Alice in Wonderland,” a collaborative series of fabric by nunokara and echino designer, Etsuko Furuya


Shoulder Bag (2015)Made with echino’s jacquard fabric.

KF:echino’s cotton linen line is really ideal for bag making, isn’t it? On the other hand, were there any challenges in making the bags?

YI:The most difficult part was to coordinate fabrics with echino’s quite impactful colors. Every time, I am presented with this task of finding a way to make the pattern stand out with the use of complementary fabrics.


Tuck Tote Bag (2016)Featured echino’s silver metallic pattern “piece”


Gusseted Tuck Tote Bag (2017)The impactful bird pattern was a focal point, combined with a dot pattern in the same color.

KF: To sum up, what makes the echino the most attractive fabric?

YI:I think that even sewing beginners will never make mistakes in choosing the right materials with echino. The patterns have such an impact. The large patterns look great on throw pillows and curtains for the interior décor as the fabric itself makes a statement, while the ones with small patterns and finely scattered motifs are suitable for small items.
Also, no matter what kind of item you make, from clothing to accessories, the impact of the pattern is so powerful that even if the outcome is not perfect, the patterns on the fabric help disguise any irregularities.
The fabric stands out on its own without the need to match it with any other fabric, as if it is like a piece of art.

KF:Whether it is used for a large creation or for a smaller item, you can expect an outcome that takes the most advantage of the designs’ characteristics, right?
In 2020, you made the masks using the echino jacquard series. It was refreshing to find that echino works well with even something small like a mask.


Pleated Mask (2020)

KF: What kind of fabrics would you like to see for echino’s upcoming release?

YI: I think quilted fabrics would be very cute. It would look great not only for lesson bags but also for making bags for adults. Also, laminated fabrics would be nice. I would love to see the laminated fabrics made of cotton and linen, because it would turn whatever you make into a higher quality piece.

KF: In the coming years, what items would you like to make with echino fabrics?

YI: It would be nice to make a tapestry to hang on the wall using the large pattern. In fact, I have already purchased a “Christmas tree pattern”!

KF: Wow, thank you so much! We cannot wait to see how your Christmas tapestry turns out! We are looking forward to your handmade creations made with echino fabrics in the future.

#echino15th Instagram Posting Campaign!

It is such an honor to announce echino’s 15th anniversary.
We have been launching lots of campaign through a year, and here’s 4th project, Instagram posting campaign.

With the tag #echino15th, sharing your photo of echino life, sewing items or home-deco made with echino fabric!
Non sewing items such as Curtains or tablecloth are also welcome.

(Posting examples)

5 people will receive combo of goods and rare offcuts of echino from kokka and the designer, Ms. Etsuko Furuya.
We also would love to see the comment your echino story on your post.

<The campaign period>
June 1st- August 31St, 2021
*Adding the tag to your past post is Okay.

<For participating>
・Post your photo with echino items or fabric to Instagram.
・Make sure to tag #echino15th
・This campaign is open to everyone over the world.

We are very looking forward your post!!
\Have a look post/

\echino 15th anivarsary special page/

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