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Woman was not allowed to enter area of Koyasan temples for centuries

only for about last 150 years we- woman can enter Koyasan..all temples here are 1200 years old

Now I am sleeping at a temple and have  television in my room, there is sign that say "gentleman" on one door and "woman" on the other it leeds to the hot baths..
.. before there was 1200 temples here..

woman were allow to pray…outside the gates of the mountains, they could come to the outside of the plato and walk around and pray.. this paths are called Ladys walks.. not because they are easy.. today hikers use this "walks".

I will go one ladies walk tomorrow… i want to feel how it was to be left outside in the forrest in the  freezing cold to pray.

In Tokyo

Still zombienized in the mornings.. sleepwalking i went to Tokyo Art Center it was hundreds of graduating students work on display.. such a feast so much emerging talents… i did not realized when 3 hours went.. i hope to go there again before i live.   

Art work from the final exhibition at the Tokyo Art Center, a greg place to visit

Art work from the final exhibition at the Tokyo Art Center, a greg place to visit

Shades of gray with vanilla

“But when does something's destiny finally come to fruition? Is the plant complete when it flowers? When it goes to seed? When the seeds sprout? When everything turns into compost?” 
about Wabi Sabi by l. koren

Vintage sheets naturally dyed with flowers and berries from the garden, the shades are magical.. the top pillow cover is more than 100 years old, made of linen.. a treasure.


©joanna.m.bodzek  Dyed with natural dyes, still smelling strangely beautiful.. good night

Upcycling: turning textile waste into sustainable fashion

In a recent live chat, a panel of sustainable fashion experts joined us to explore how upcycling is infiltrating the industry

"[It] doesn't matter if it is clothes or furniture or food. If we know the story behind it, the time it takes to make it, to produce the materials, we will value it much more. Everybody that has ever created something ... knows what I am talking about. It is about transparency.

How do we make it easier for consumers to choose upcycled clothes, or will it always be a niche market?

Just as we appreciate designers who source their wool from UK mills, weave on hand looms in Scotland and produce in London, the materials used in upcycled fashion have an interesting story. This is where the desirability of upcycled fashion lies, explains Robinson. In contrast, Orsola de Castro, co-founder and co-curator of Estethica describes fast fashion and mass produced luxury as "empty vehicles."

However, a story alone isn't enough - few will buy a garment simply because it's upcycled. They key factor is design says Luise Barsch, co-founder of the Berlin based label aluc: "If the design is good, people will go for it."

About natural dyes

Natural dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources –roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood—and other organic sources such as fungi and lichens.
Archaeologists have found evidence of textile dyeing dating back to the Neolithic period. In China, dyeing with plants, barks and insects has been traced back more than 5,000 years.[1] The essential process of dyeing changed little over time. Typically, the dye material is put in a pot of water and then the textiles to be dyed are added to the pot, which is heated and stirred until the color is transferred. Textile fibremay be dyed before spinning ("dyed in the wool"), but most textiles are "yarn-dyed" or "piece-dyed" after weaving. Many natural dyes require the use of chemicals called mordants to bind the dye to the textile fibres; tannin from oak galls, salt, natural alum, vinegar, andammonia from stale urine were used by early dyers. Many mordants, and some dyes themselves, produce strong odors, and large-scale dyeworks were often isolated in their own districts.



There is here is something ..about this image of my dyeing pots in a moment of stillness. Irina was here visiting me in the country side as a first guest and she made this photo that somehow captures so well the nature of this place.

photo by irina anufrieva