I have always liked the cute, the kawaii design of Japan. I love it all from the cute, little softie designs to the adorable bento boxes. So it only makes sense that I would love the fabrics that are full of all the lovely things I have always enjoyed about the kawaii side. So here are a few examples of the prints that are coming out from Japan that I totally love.
Here is a fabric very prettily named “Charme Fleur”.
Ok, put the Eiffel Tower on anything and I’ll probably buy it. I love the romantic icon. But then, do it in flower silhouette with keys and roses in pinks and greens and turquoises and you likely have me “squeeing” all afternoon with love.
And then look what they do with it…umbrellas! Umbrellas with Eiffel Towers and keys and roses in pinks and greens and turquoises….I think I just fainted.
And here are some pretty fabrics designed by Kayo Horaguchi. As a strong believer of “Put a Bird On It” I love the pretty pink material with birds….birds carrying strawberries. See that’s how the Japanese do it right. Sure, a pretty bird silhouette is nice. Bird silhouettes with old fashioned telephones in cages on bistro garden chairs are better.
But just when you thought that was as much cute as could be carried on in on fabric print, you have the bird carrying a strawberry…..and that’s when you know you have reached Japanese kawaii nirvanha.=) And if there were Youtube videos on it, I would probably also be a big fan of “ Put a Cat On It Or a Horse Or a Butterfly Or Better Yet All Of Them….Oh And Bunnies”. Yes, I very likely would be.
I also like the domestic designs used on fabric, and how they use French and English and other languages as design elements. And the font used in the third picture I have seen used on many things, and I pretty much love whatever they put it on. And the men’s fabric, that’s just pretty cool looking.
And let’s not forget the more traditional designs found in kimono fabric. The age old colour combinations so different from common western combos, the handsome indigo fabrics. They are all so lovely and inspiring!
If you get a chance, go to a fabric store while you are in Japan. You will have a delightful time. A follow up post will show what a good ol’ time I had on our visit to one.=)
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