Seven Islands is the U.S. distributor for several Japanese brands, including Kokka, Kiyohara, and Sun Felt. Kokka’s biggest release this season is Heather Ross’ Far Far Away II, which will get its own post. Here are shots of the other Kokka collections. One of my favorite prints of the entire Market was the Trefle carnival print — see it up close in its four colorways in the Flickr set. Here is the gray colorway sewn up into a cute little girl’s top or dress.
Also part of the Trefle collection, this photo-realistic forest animals print.
These crocheted granny squares are actually a fabric print (also in a few colorways) on double gauze. Isn’t that wild? It would make a crazy dress.
A little cute, a little surreal, stuffed-animals-themed mini-collection featuring prints on cotton sheeting and double gauze. I wonder if we’re going to be seeing more photorealistic prints around. It’s kind of like traditional rotary screenprinting saying to digital printing, “Hey, look, we can do this too!”
These two above are part of another mini-collection of small, packed prints. The pouches below give you a good idea of their scale.
There were several of these smaller-scale prints in the Eau de Mer collection, featuring a motley crew of cute critters. If you remember from the Fall Quilt Market, Kokka introduced some larger scale prints with the same theme. (The text translates to “Seawater. Starry sky.”)
It looks like Kokka is expanding their line of these fabrics with three basic prints printed on one length of fabric. Before there were dots, stripes, and checks, now here’s stars with gingham and ric rac stripes.
I didn’t get a picture of the yardage, but these bags showcase a mini-collection of 60s-80s inspired cotton oxford prints. Unicorn sighting! Unicorn sighting!
I’ve already featured the new Echino Ni-Co collection, but I couldn’t leave without showing you the display.
Ditto for Nani Iro’s Spring 2010 double gauzes.
In addition to double gauze, Kokka was also showing some simple stripes on cotton lawn, and this seersucker/waffle weave above that is perfect for spring and summer sewing.
Now this print doesn’t do much for me, but it’s nylon! A sturdy nylon oxford, to be more specific. There will also be two Echino prints, Birdsong and Ornament, available on nylon soon too. I’m thinking you can use this for the same type of projects you’d use laminates for — bags, raingear, tablecloths, changing pads — but unlike cotton laminates, these could be used for making shower curtains. I don’t know if people will be too keen on synthetics though … can you see yourself buying nylon?
With the exception of Nani Iro and Echino, which are already out, these fabrics will all be arriving in shops in about two months. See even more fabrics and samples in my Flickr set.
OK folks, this is about all I have in me for today — I’m still recovering from four days of go-go-go! I’ll see you tomorrow with Heather Ross and yet more Japanese goodness.