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Blue Spot Monpe Gathered Empire Shades

$14300
Size Guide Right

This item will have to be made for you, which can take up to 5 weeks


Monpe were the traditional work trousers worn by workers in the paddy fields. Now you mostly see this fabric cut up and made into zabuton cushions, but we found a supply of new vintage material in the Kittaka outhouses.

  • 100% Kasuri dyed cotton, from the Kittaka workshop in the famous town of Kurume, Kyūshū
  • The measurements are: Bottom Diameter, Top Diameter, Length of Side (not height).
  • Pattern placement can vary across shade sizes, if you need to know more, please do ask us.
  • Shade made in the UK, the lamp base is not included, this is for the shade only
  • Compatible with US E26 lampsockets
  • If you need shades with a finial fitting to fit a harp, please get in touch. These can be made to order for a small extra cost
  • If the shade you want is out of stock, then it will be made for you. Shades that are made for you cannot be returned (please see our T&Cs). If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch before ordering.
Meet the Maker:

Kittaka Bingo Gasuri

We went to Hiroshima expecting to find colourful Bingo style kasuri, but instead we came across the Kittaka workshop who primarily work in blue and white only. The exception is their use of persimmon, which is used as a natural orange dye.

They are the only remaining commercial weaver using persimmon yarn that we can find and the soft rusty tones of the persimmon make their fabric very popular for lampshades.