Dimensions: coasters: 8 x 8 cm (3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
packaging: 23 x 12 cm (9 1/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Medium: cotton (textile) paper (fibre product)
Made in: Japan, Kitakyushu
Description: Set of five plain-woven fabric coasters made of kokura-ori cotton fabric. In a presentation pack.
The technique for producing kokura-ori fabric, originally worn by the Buzen Kokura clan, was invented in the seventeenth century. The fabric has an unusually close weave and is typically patterned with warp stripes with fine colour gradations. It was used to make obi (kimono sash) and hakama (skirt worn over the kimono).
The technique fell out of use at the beginning of the twentieth century but was revived in 1984 by the designer Noriko Tsuiki for use in fashion accessories and interior furnishing fabric. The fabric is produced under the brandname Kokura Creation. The designs featured in this pack are: Feast of Colours; Cool Summer Shower; Indigo and Verdure; unknown; and Budding Season.