Japanese Fabric

Hugely popular internationally, Japanese fabric design is incredibly diverse. It spans anything from cutesy cats to the gorgeous contemporary freestyle designs of Naomi Ito. Here we feature Japanese fabric collections that we love.

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Luca’s Awesome Pocket Pants

One of lovely customers, Reannon, sent us these photos of her gorgeous little boy, Luca. She made him these pocket pants from panels of Echino fabric and denim (the denim is a lovely blend of hemp and organic cotton). I think the combination of the denim and the bright quirky Echino is a winning combination. S..
2013 Nani Iro woodland pocho skirt and jacket

Mustard Woodblock Pocho Skirt

Here is the skirt I whipped up with the Nani IRO Woodblock Pocho in mustard. I used Simplicity 4966 which is an awesome pattern, but alas, it's been discontinued. I don't know why. This is the second skirt I've made with this pattern and I love it. If you're looking for a pattern for an irregular hemmed skirt, I've..

New Echino

More new Echino fabric in the online fabric store! [gallery link="file" columns="4"]..

Nani IRO restock

These Nani IRO Fuccra floral designs have been really popular. We can't often restock this range, but we managed to get some more of these ones in the Fuccra Butter, Fuccra Teal, Fuccra Aubergine and Fuccra Grey. ..
Nani IRO versatile skirt

Nani IRO Versatile Skirt

Yet another Versatile Skirt in a quirky, abstract Nani IRO Fuukei print. The basecloth is a linen/cotton blend. You'd never know it was partly cotton though, it looks like 100% linen and the slightly open weave makes it drape beautifully. It was fun playing around with this print to decide which bits of the prin..

New Nani IRO 2010

We've recently uploaded the new Nani IRO 2010 collection to the store. It's mostly double gauze except for the Poster Fleur prints which are a lovely soft cotton and linen canvas. Generally in the southern hemisphere we get summer collections in winter and winter collections in summer, but this particular..
Echino Birdsong Skirt

Echino Birdsong Versatile Skirt

This truly is a versatile skirt! The Make It Perfect Versatile Skirt is by far our best selling skirt pattern. It's a simple wrap skirt that is super-easy to make: no zips, no buttons, no clips, no hooks and eyes, no fuss. It's great for both summer and winter skirts. We've made this one from the Echino Birds..
Retro Echino fabric couch

Retro Vespa Couch

How fabulous is this retro couch? Ana, one of our lovely customers sent in this photo. She found the couch for $10 at the local tip and had the cushions covered in Echino Scooter fabric. The couch works brilliantly as part of their playroom. Thanks for sharing these Ana! ..

New Echino Collection

Well it's officially Autumn and the leaves are beginning to turn. Which of course is a nice little segway into these new leafy prints from Etsuko Furuya. I've recently uploaded the new Echino collection to the store. These ones above are some of my favourites. This whole collection is printed on the linen/co..
Summer Fling Nani Iro

Summer Fling

As summer draws to a close, it's not too late for a summer fling! This one is made up in the gorgeous Fucccra Rakuel Floral from the Nani IRO collection. I omitted the trims and sash from the pattern because I didn't think this fabric needed anything else. It looks great with jeans or long khaki shorts. The d..

Who is Puti de Pome?

Who is Puti de Pome? Puti de Pome is this little dog. He's a citizen of the world...he loves playing his guitar in the Tulip fields of Holland... ...he quite often takes the long, long journey from Boku to Watashi... ...of course he's just as happy having a day out at his local park... He's printed in ..

Echino Restock

These Echino fabrics were really popular when we first had them in stock. I think the combination of great 'boy' colours printed on a beautiful cotton/linen base cloth made them winners. Fortunately, we've been able to reorder them this time (which is unusual as Kokka will often only do one print run) and they're ..

New Nani IRO Collection

The latest fabrics from Japanese designer, Naomi Ito have arrived and they're at least as gorgeous as her previous collections. There's a mixture of super-soft double gauze and some beautiful linens. The prints range from subtle florals to really unusual modern abstracts. If you haven't sewn with double ga..

New Echino Fabric

The current Echino colleciton is still dribbling in. We've added a few more of these fabrics here. I wore this skirt to a trade show recently, and I had about 10 different people ask me where I got it from. It was amazing! This range is a good all-round fabric which can be used for so ma..
Echino Leopard skirt

Leopard Skirt

Finally! Another project. A simple A-line skirt made from this Burda pattern using Echino Leopard on Natural fabric with a panel of Panther Mustard at the bottom. This fabric works well in clothing as the linen content makes it drape nicely. It's a particularly good weight for a skirt and irons up nicely. There's ..
Echino Birds skirt

Bird Skirt & New Echino Fabric

I've finally got around to photographing this skirt that I made last year. This Echino bird print was so popular that we reordered it a few times, but unfortunately it's since been discontinued. Stay tuned for the new Echino collection though! We'll be uploading some of this brilliant collection to the web site in..