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Red and Blue Monpe Fabric Gathered Lamp Shades

£14900

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. The single yarn of kasuri makes a beautiful lampshade that is a dark colour but lets lots of light through.

The measurements are: Bottom Diameter, Top Diameter, Length of Side (not height).

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.