This work is inspired by Japanese traditional dyeing technique called Dorozome which is a type of mud dyeing technique that originated from Southern Japan island Amami Oshima. I was stunned by the idea that soil and clay could color fabric so I asked potter Petr Novak for clay for dyeing and he gave me iron-rich clay, which he uses to make kettles. And of course, this natural clay and low-impact dyes are combined with environmentally friendly fibers such as linen to create sustainable and colorful chabu.
One side has more intense colors and patterns, another a bit paler. The photo shows several so you get an idea of the range of patterning. They are colorfast but may gently fade with time and exposure to sunlight. Each chabu is different and all beautiful.
This is a rare find of handwoven linen cloth that originates from Slovakia mountain villages and was made by local ladies. It was hand-woven a century ago, was stored for better times, and was found in the attic of an old house last year. The better times have come: this linen will be used for tea ceremony and drops of tea will be absorbed into the fabric, mixing history and modernity, the sophistication of tea preparation, and the purity of village life.
Please note that this is old fabric. It is an admirable burlap fabric, firm, with somewhat irregularly hand-spun threads. Genuinely handmade and organic with occasional spots of blades of grass, pieces of leaves, and straw woven in.
Width 18.5 in / 47 cm
Length 93 in / 236 cm
110-year-old Clay Dyed Chabu
A chabu/runner is the foundation of your tea stage. Please be sure to iron it before using for the best results. Old school I know, but necessary.
Hand wash only.