Wednesday, 30 October 2013

In Celebration of Sagara Nui



Sorry it's been quiet over here for a while, lots of things going on.  I'm planning to get back to blogging here more regularly so watch this space.

In the meantime I thought I would share some photos of obi which have been decorated using the embroidery technique sagara (knots).  These examples all come from Ichiroya and are all now sold. However if you use this link it will take you to their current pieces which have sagara on them. 

Sagara nui has long been one of my favourite techniques, this stems from an uchikake I saw when I was in Japan a few years ago.  I have recently started a piece using only sagara, I'm going to blog about that over on nejiribana.co.uk in the coming few weeks.



This is the uchikake which sparked the inspiration with this technique.  The photos were taken through the shop window so I couldn't get really good close ups.
Below is a fukuro obi from my collection. It's on a lovely orange metallic silk.



Sagara nui are very similar to french knots and it's very difficult to tell them apart once they are complete.  The knots on obi above are tiny and very close together, from my recent work on the new piece I would judge these to be worked in a 2-1T, very fine.
Below another fukuro obi which is covered all over with knots.  Given how long it's taken to work just a small section of my current piece (about 2 hours for a 3cm section) and given this obi is 450cm long it must have taken months to embroider.  An amazing piece of work.
These knots are larger and looser than the previous ones. 




Below another fukuro obi from my collection.  I bought this one both for the technique and for the style/colour of the design.
 


The sagara on the obi below are very similar in size and shape to the ones above but the colour gives a very different feel and effect.



















The sagara on this last fukuro obi are worked in quite a distinctive way. They are very open and each one forms a distinct circle.  I wonder how difficult it was to get them all the same size!

I hope you enjoy all these examples, perhaps it will inspire you to create your own piece in sagara nui, and remember to check out Ichiroya for more inspiring examples.