Thanks to my many customers for using my online store. Thanks, too, for the many emails I have received thanking me for quickly shipping your purchases. Many have remarked that the colors of the garments they receive are much more vivid and richer than as they appeared on their computer screens.
I want to change the online store platform I now use to one that will more faithfully display colors of the garments. I will soon update store offerings, too, adding some things, after I complete my next round of dyeing, so please wait for this.
My son is enjoying the seasons as they change in Japan, compared with the seasons in Penang, Malaysia, where changes were more subtle.
His interests have changed too, moving from “indoor” diversions such as playing with Legos and watching videos in Penang to exploring the outdoors and all that it has to offer a young boy here. He is looking forward to: the emergence from underground of stag horn beetles soon, and to catching and studying beetles and other insects of all sorts; catching “kanahebi” (a kind of small lizard); and as autumn approaches to catching dragonflies, crayfish,…
The paddy across the narrow street from our house is a world all unto itself, a home to freshwater snails, “amembo” (a kind of pond skater), frogs (and the snakes which feed on them), tadpoles, leeches,…to swallows flying just above the water’s surface, especially as rain approaches, magpies, and even a pair of visiting ducks.
As noted in a previous post, this year I am introducing a second line of clothing under my “indochina” label. I have been working under my present label for six years, and wanted to broaden my collection with a second line of clothing made from hand-spun, hand-woven, and hand-dyed fabric that I would source from India and Southeast Asia. I am busy now designing clothes for this new label and hope to offer a few items this spring at my shows or through my online shop. The photo in today’s blog entry shows one sample blouse I have made.