Welcome to my treasure trove, the result of collecting for several years, the things that i personally found to be beautiful examples of manji patterned fabrics, mostly from Japan, but in some cases from India as well..
Today I am starting a new phase in collecting .. – selling what i have loved so much, to share them with other lovers of beautiful things.
What you are seeing is a collection of kimonos, haoris, obis, and fabrics recycled from these items, which i am making available for the first time..
I hope you find something as special to you, as they have been to me.
A word about manji…
The manji is a very ancient symbol that can be found used in many cultures from all over the world.
It appears as a decorative element in various cultures since at least the Neolithic, and is mostly known as a symbol in Indian religions, denoting “auspiciousness”.
In Chinese and Japanese the manji/swastik is also a homonym of the number 10,000, and is commonly used to represent the whole of Creation, e.g. ‘the myriad things’ in the Dao De Jing
In Chinese and Japanese art, the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, comprises left- and right-facing manji joined by lines. The swastik used in Buddhist art and scripture is known as a manji (whirlwind), represents Dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites.
My collection is always with the original, peaceful manji in mind. Wear these beautiful things with the same intent of harmony and good luck that they were made with.. xx