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TABITABIYA's handmade designs , in keeping with the Japanese tradition, present original items, all made with either new quality Japanese fabrics or vintage kimono, haori jackets or obi belts that I found during my hunts in second-hand kimono shops. Because yes, in Japan, when kimono, haori, obi, etc. can no longer be worn, that's how they find a new life!


I love all Japanese fabrics and sometimes I use Nishijin-Ori polyester fabrics. Nishijin-Ori silk fabrics are well known throughout the world for the magnificence of the craftsmanship they are the result of. But, for many, many years, Nishijin fabrics made of polyester, and therefore more resistant for this type of work, have been reserved for the manufacture of bags and other small decorative objects of which Japan has the secret. Even though silk continues to be reserved for making breathtaking kimono and obi sashes, these polyester fabrics give us the same quality of workmanship and are equally a feast for the eye.


For this cushion cover, it is therefore a Nishijin-Ori polyester fabric that I have chosen as the centerpiece. I fell in love with the richness of its colors and its patterns of great classicism.


On a very deep blue sky, two great symbols of spring: the butterfly Chô 蝶, symbol of rebirth and immortality, and the cherry blossom Sakura 桜, whose beauty, although ephemeral, never fades. It is while they are still in full bloom that the wind carries them away in a whirlwind of pink and white.


Kochô 胡蝶, the butterfly with outstretched wings seen from above, twirls in the middle of circles traversed by six hollows and which evoke the image of snowflakesYukiwa 雪輪. Stylistically, the snowflakes serve as a canvas for other patterns to show off. Yukiwa-Dori 雪輪どり is one of the patterns derived from the yukiwa pattern. Since the Edo period, the method of freely transforming the size and shape of the yukiwa has been used as accents in yuzen-dyed kimono designs. Here, we can see within them other great Japanese motifs such as the pine Matsu 松, the chrysanthemum flower Kiku 菊, the bamboo Take 竹, the bellflower Kikyo 桔梗, etc… In short, a real festival of prestigious plant and floral motifs!


As spring approaches, the accumulated snow on the plants gradually melts and the remaining snow becomes scarce. The persistent snow was called hadare-yuki (marbled snow), another symbol of the arrival of spring. This last snow that lingers on the land is an auspicious sign and something to be appreciated as it helps to water the land ready for renewal and is a promise for fruitful future harvests.


To add a touch of modernity to an ultra classic set, I associated this Nishijin-ori fabric with a vintage kimono fabric in a slightly shiny light gray dotted with small delicate flowers and that of a vintage orange kimono collar, also slightly shiny, and emblazoned with another auspicious design, Sayagata 紗綾形. It is very very old and derived from the swastika symbol 卍 which bears the name of Manji in Japan. This symbol is related to Buddhism and represents qualities of intelligence, strength and peace. This is an auspicious sign. The word sayagata comes from the word "saaya" which referred to a textile from China that already had this geometric pattern.


Cushions are essential to put the final touch to the decoration of your rooms or to finish dressing your sofas, armchairs and beds, right? These decorative elements have no equal to give charm and originality to this home in which you have put all your heart to paint it in your colors and make it a cozy nest that looks like you! With these cushion covers, you can also bring a note of Japanese elegance to your interior with unique pieces that you won't find in anyone else's!


  • Only one item in store!


    Material: polyester and silk

    Dimensions: suitable for a 40X40 size cushion. (padding Cushion not included).


    Care: In general, obi or kimono fabrics do not wash. But if you really need to wash your cushion covers, we can only recommend dry cleaning at a professional store. And if necessary, you can also steam iron them at the right temperature for silk fabrics.

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