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Eclectic East Movember

Here at Eclectic East, we thought we would get into the Movember mood with this hipster sweatshirt from Japanese t-shirt brand Graniph.
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graniphMr EE and I found this brand whist cycling around a very very cold Kyoto. We had to warm up, so we stopped at this interesting looking store, only to find that it was not only warm and interesting looking, it was full of limited edition t-shirts and sweatshirts using designs from emerging designers and artists. Bonus! Hunting down the quirky and warm option, I went for this novelty number which is very fitting for this Movember month. Mr EE took full advantage of the bulk discount and stocked up on printed tees.

Movember cycling14graniph_04 storeIf you are into printed t-shirts and also into design then Graniph is the brand for you. They work in collaboration with artists and designers from all over the world; I saw artists from Budapest, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Barcelona, Seoul, Taipei and Jersey. I will give a special mention to the artist Jonah Block since his moustaches are also in season it would seem!

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If you are a budding artist and want to work in collaboration with Graniph you can find details here about how to get your work printed up and sold in their stores. Good luck, and happy hipster Movember!

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Japanese Textiles – Eclectic East Kimono Collection

Japan is hands down, one of the most fascinating and inspirational places I have visited. If you have not already been – it should be on your wish list. The culture is so rich and that richness is carried through into all aspects of life – be it design, food, fashion or art. As you know, my passion is textiles and I have come clean as having an addiction. eclectic east kimono 7

Japan did not disappoint in fueling my addiction, the patterns that adorned so many of the traditional fabrics are unmistakably Japanese in style but, at the same time, incredibly current and contemporary when seen in a modern context. I found a wonderful store in Kyoto where I spent a happy few hours sorting through hundreds of vintage kimonos and somehow managed to select just 7! (Mr Eclectic East explained that carrying more than 7 kimonos around Japan for a week in his backpack was above and beyond the call of his duties as a husband). Here they are for your viewing pleasure in all their patterned glory! Note the beautiful embroidered details, rich silk fabrics and intricate hand stitching on each one.

eclectic east kimono 31 eclectic east kimono 33 eclectic east kimono 32This one is made with a traditional shibori technique which involves hand tying each of these white dots to create this resist dyeing pattern – the pattern and the colours are still very contemporary looking and the tie detail in coral makes a beautiful accent colour detail.

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You get a free cat with this one!

eclectic east kimono 13 eclectic east kimono 12 eclectic east kimono 11I love the fluidity of the pattern in this one as it appears to flow up the Kimono. It is also printed with metallic pigment details which adds a little “bling” to the proceedings – shouldn’t every girl have a bit of bling now and again?

eclectic east kimono 16 eclectic east kimono 15 eclectic east kimono 14This one is the most classic Japanese pattern out of all the Kimonos I bought. I don’t know if it comes across in the photo but it is such a wonderful colour palette, such delicate subtle colours and the fabric (a stiff silk cotton blend) makes it have a formality that the others don’t have – it is stunning in the flesh!

eclectic east kimono 28 eclectic east kimono 29Simple and informal. This one is cotton and the assistant told me it is a more everyday kimono. I love it for the weaving pattern and the simple colours.

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eclectic east kimono 21eclectic east kimono 22 This one is my favourite! The pattern is so subtle and current and the beautiful ombre dyeing of the lining feels so luxurious. I feel totally inspired by this Kimono and feel a new design coming on. 

eclectic east kimono 1By far the most decorative, with intricate hand embroidery. I can imagine this flowing silk Kimono adorning a beautiful young girl at a traditional ceremony. The colours are fresh and vibrant, the pattern is fluid and playful.

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eclectic east kimono 9 eclectic east kimono 10eclectic east kimono 5Hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as me. I’m back in Kyoto in February so I will go back to the emporium and try to convince Mr EE that we should invest in an extra suitcase.

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A Very Eclectic East Tea!

Today at Eclectic East we are enjoying a nice cuppa.

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Not just any cup of tea but an eclectic one! We just returned from India where we were served darjeeling first flush, a wonderful light tea, served without milk. Today we have made our Indian tea in our traditional Chinese tea set given to us as a wedding present; the characters say “double happiness” which is always given to a newly married couple. To add to the eclectic mix we stirred our tea with a Japanese wooden spoon and served our tea with Japanese green tea cookies brought back from our recent trip to Kyoto. Delicious! (The tray is Ikea 😦 sorry to let you down!)

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