The crosshatch is a very traditional pattern in Japanese textiles - it is easy to find in woodblock prints for example in varying colours and sizes. Black shades can cut out the light too much, but because of the weave, this shade still casts a nice amount of light. The crosshatch provides just enough colour and decoration to lift the fabric too.
The Sakata workshop is always bustling with activity. The Sakatas are constantly trying new ideas and patterns, whether it is opening a boutique in New York or collaborating with designers.
They are a big supplier of clothing, but are happy for us to explore their storeroom for any patterns we can find. They are a great combination of producer and entrepreneur - and are always fun to deal with.