Inrō with Tanabata Story of the Weaver and the Herdboy One piece of mother-of-pearl of this inro was colored with gold and incised to create an image of a silk winder. The winder refers to the Weaver Star, who is tragically separated by the Milky Way from her lover, the Cowherd Star. The two are allowed to meet only once a year, a union that is the basis for Tanabata, or the Star Festival, held annually between July 7 and August 7.
The Rice Bowl Dress
Carolyn Schnurer (1908–98) adapted elements of Japanese costumes and textiles for her Flight to Japan collection. In this example, the neckline is inspired by a reversed kimono. The geometric textile pattern is inspired by sekkazome paper (snow flower or snowflake dyeing), a technique in which mulberry paper is accordion pleated, folded into various patterns and dip dyed. The skirt, which is vertically boned, was inspired by Japanese oilcloth parasols.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art :: Kimono — A Modern History
Adam and Eve Garden Roller, 1933 by David Kindersley
via The Guardian :: William Morris – beauty and anarchy in the UK
The Dreaming Tree :: In the Strzelecki Desert of Australia, a flock of galahs replenishes with the small amount of water available at the base of a lonely tree. | Photo by Christian Spencer | Source: Nat’l Geo
An 18-karat gold and colored-diamond box. The interior is decorated with a single diamond-set leaf.
Photo: Fred R. Conrad | Source: NYT :: Bunny Mellon’s Garden-Inspired Jewelry Designed by Verdura
According to tradition, any gentle person who puts on the horse head, considered divine, will become as wild as an untamed horse.
Photo: Yakari Chikura
Source: NYT :: Preserving Tradition in Japan