shu bao

A Shu bao is a kind of handmade book with boxes inside. The boxes can hold sewing threads, papercuts and patterns for textile crafts. It was made and used by people in various area’s in China. Another name for it is a Zhen xian bao or chinese needle threadpocket. Sometimes …

exposition enchanting china

Today I was in the museum of Rijswijk. It has a show with textiles and jewelry from the peoples of Miao and Dong, who live in the southwest of China. Their embroidery skills are breathtaking, and nowadays changing and dissappearing. I like to share some pictures. These are not even …

indigo extraction

Last year 2018 the Japanese indigoplants were doing well. I had to water them frequently , because it it was a hot and dry summer, but then they liked the warmth. It felt good that the water came from the ditch and not from the tap. But how to make …