NiMi Projects' first collection of Japanese vintage items is inspired by "blue," one of the oldest traditional colours of Japan.
Popular throughout the Edo Period (1608-1868) in the form of sometsuke (blue-and-white porcelain) and indigo-dyed textiles, blue symbolized purity and serenity — something we can all do with in our lives.
Sometsuke techniques first came to Japan from China, and were honed in Arita Prefecture, resulting in numerous styles. Japanese artisans became so skilled at ceramics, that Imari porcelain became a popular export to Europe. From hand-painted Eastern landscapes in cobalt blue to indigo-dark geometric patterns, the tradition continues with many contemporary iterations.
But here we look back to styles that have stood the test of time.