About FurugiStar

FurugiStar shop

FurugiStar was born of a fascination with the thoughts and feelings evoked by handmade antique fabrics. Textiles with a connection to the artisans and former owners hold a richness that new fabrics just don’t possess.

I identify with the Japanese concept of ‘yu yo no bi’ – beauty in practicality, and ‘mottainai’ – waste not want not. These concepts have great relevance to the sustainable fashion movement to which I hope my shop contributes, at least in a small way.

My shop specialises in Japanese textiles of history and substance. Together with antiques and vintage items found in and around Tokyo.

I am mainly interested in boro, antique noragi (collectible Japanese farming wear), sashiko, indigo, kasuri (ikat) and katazome (stencil resist dyed) cottons.

If you are interested in Japanese these too, or indeed any Japanese antiques then keep my shop bookmarked.

I also list vintage obi and kimono as a supply material or simply to wear.

For promotions, updates and info follow me:

Japanese Antique Indigo Textiles Blog
FurugiStar Collection

Vintage and Cultural Topics of Japan Blog
FurugiStar Japan

FurugiStar Shop


5 responses to “About FurugiStar

  • Pieter

    Super site! And really cool items you have! My compliments. I am looking for nice fabrics like this for a while and am starting to read more about boro and all the history tat comes with it. Very enthusiastic now after reading your article. Good job and keep me posted when you have nice new items, will check your Etsy, since your blog is not accesible in Qingdao, China (only through VPN) where I live as a Dutch expat working in the denim business and being a vintage and denim lover in general.


  • dani tideberg

    hi steph! i found a link between us on yahoo search page, it said your shop, then said my shop name and spoke of my big indigo boro bag i have listed, i wasn’t sure if you promoted it, or they linked up mysteriously…
    hope this finds you well, thanks if you did it, talk to you later, danielle

  • Savage

    This is great! You’ve provided me with so much inspirations. I’d love to talk with you and get some input. I’d love to make purchases from you for fabric to work on some urban culture garments for my own personal collections. I love the rich history and culture, and the fact that it comes from the meek hands that tended this earth. I certainly look forward to reading more post and purchasing from your Etsy store in the near future.

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