Using historical Japanese techniques that are entirely organic and sustainable, these runners of unspun bast fibers are dyed with indigo that have been grown, processed, and woven by a husband wife team in Rowland Rickttets studio. Patterns are created using a stenciled rice-paste resist (katazome).
The ends are hand-hemmed and the selvedges are raw.
Comes in three designs:
Hoshi, one of Rowland's original runner designs, captures the gathering/dispersing of dots on a ground that is gradated to emphasize their complimentary movement.
Sazanami features irregular lines on a gradated ground. One end is left un-patterned to show the simple elegance and depth of the range of blues.
Suzukaze has three repeated gradations of straight lines on an undyed ground. The "r" logo is dyed with black walnut and persimmon.
Press-wash in cold water with a little mild detergent. Rinse in cold running water and hang to drip-dry in the shade. Gently stretch to shape and iron with a very hot steam iron. Please do not wring this material or wash it in washing machine. Do not dry clean.
They are extremely strong fiber but are weakened with creasing, so please take care when handling. Like all dyes, indigo dislikes ultraviolet light and will fade quickly if left in direct sunlight. When not using, roll and store in a dark place.