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Shimacho Swatch Books

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Sometimes I'm worried all of our technology will wipe out the traditions of old - written family recipes, faded photo albums - and other record keeping like this swatch book. This is beautiful!

"A shimacho–or stripe album–is a keepsake of home weaving swatches which was composed by families to remember the cloth they’ve woven. It’s been said that girls leaving their homes upon marriage would carry such an album with them to their husband’s family’s home in order to replicate or be inspired by her family’s woven cloth..."

Follow this link to see more of these fascinating swatch books and learn about their history.

Found via Botanical Colors on Facebook.


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