It looks like camouflage to us — but it isn’t! What is ‘funzoe’?
While we are just in the prototyping stage, we just wanted to let you know about a new collection that we are developing with Izutsu, a Kyoto textile house with 310 years of experience in the finest Japanese brocades — used for Buddhist and Shinto priest robes and temple and shrine decorations. We have have been doing prototyping with Izutsu since April and have worked on getting the fabric the appropriate lightness and weave tightness for our handcrafted cushions. Izutsu used their rare, custom-made loom for weaving priest robe fabric for summer.
We are aiming to introduce this collection at Maison et Objet, January 2015 in Paris. We want a collection that will be chic and appeal to our friends in the high-fashion world. We’ve been getting some of their input — so far, so good!
With Izutsu, we have started with a traditional Buddhist priest robe pattern called ‘funzoe’ (糞掃衣、ふんぞうえ) which is based on Buddhist Master, Kukai‘s worn-out and heavily patched robe — that looks kind of like camouflage to us! We love the monotone version and also experimented with a few loudly colored versions too. Izutsu is currently weaving some other propositions utilizing metallic thread. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at the next round.
We really love the backstory behind the pattern and the fact that it doesn’t look at all classical, even though Kukai wore his 1,179 years ago!! We are developing a few more traditional patterns to be woven to look contemporary to round out this collection.