Wild About Crazy Wind

When it comes to fashion, I’m a firm believer in clothing that is well designed, utilitarian and comfortable.  Throw in natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool in colorways of black, white, olive and indigo and you have my dream wardrobe.  Now knowing this about me, it’ll be no surprise to you that I’m a lover of Japanese textile design and all that is Crazy Wind—a Portland, Oregon based clothing and accessories label.

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Created by Japanese designer Chiyo Takahashi with help from her mother Hatsuyo, who lives in Japan, Crazy Wind uses traditional Japanese textiles called kasuri to make their merchandise.

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What exactly is kasuri? It’s a rugged fabric that originated over 200 years ago in Japan’s countryside.  It was made by farmers’ wives to use in the construction of work clothes for their husbands and other household objects. The women painstakingly hand-dyed the threads with indigo, utilizing the tie-and-resist ikat method.  They then wove them into intentionally blurred patterns which result from the threads not being perfectly aligned.

In order to produce one roll of kasuri, which is enough to make one adult size kimono, it takes up to two months of labor and goes through more than 30 different stages from design to completion.

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Once the finished kasuri arrives in Oregon, it is then manufactured by local makers in the Portland area to create all of the goodness that is Crazy Wind.

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I invite you to fall in love with some of my favorite Crazy Wind pieces from their SS ’14 lookbook below, and then head to our website and sign up for some Natural Dyeing, Weaving and Sewing classes!

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(all images courtesy of Crazy Wind)

One Comment

  1. Anne Dalgliesh

    I’m visiting Portland for a couple of days in June, the11th and 12th with a couple of friends who are avid quilters and all three of us are interested in textile arts. Do you have a store or workshop that we could visit and can you make any suggestions of things to see and do connected with textiles.

    Thanks in advance,

    Anne

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