Posing in the bouncy & cosy throw made of 100% wool exclusively sourced from the Shetland Islands. The wool is naturally coloured so it’s un-dyed. The Shetland sheep, which grow the wool, graze on the Islands’ hills and beaches eating wild heather and seaweed all year around.
See more info HERE.
Hope that you had a great start of 2015!
New products will be coming to Onagono soon so don’t forget to check back regularly!
Onagono is currently having some shelf space entitled ‘Curated by Onagono’ at Family Tree, an independent design shop situated on a lively cobbled road called Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, London.
Curated by Onagono is here until the end of October.
Please visit the shop and look out for the brown tags for our products!
53 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
Family Tree and Onagono share common interests in beautiful products made sustainability in mind so if you like what Onagono does then you will certainly enjoy browsing through the selections by Family Tree too!
Family Tree is a lifestyle shop based in Clerkenwell, London since 2004.
It selects crafted interiors, accessories and gifts from around the world, along side items from local designer makers.
Onagono is on the latest Supermarket Sarah wall!
And so Sarah and I decided to take the featured items onto the street of Hackney…
Along the way, we discovered a model who turned out to be a natural..(woof).
… paddled in the lido of London Fields,
and surrounded by the wild flowers.
Sarah was liking the triangle pattern jute bag, handwoven in Sri Lanka.
Behind the scene shot.
What a fun afternoon, it was.
Supermarket Sarah invites artists, designers, makers and many more creatives to her walls regularly. It has become a platform for new talent and has been featured in a wide range of media, including the Guardian, Evening Standard, Sunday Times Style, British Vogue, Elle decoration, French Elle, Japanese Elle and the BBC news.
Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches.
This jacket is one good example of Sashiko technique that I found online. It’s apparently a fisherman’s winter jacket from late 1800 to early 1900. You can see that this indigo-dyed jacket was mended again and again. I love it because more you see it, more you can find different details and effects that were applied to it.
Have a look at the scrapbook on Onagono’s pinterest page to see more examples of Sashiko.
Since there were 2 pairs of Jimmy’s well worn jeans that have holes on the knees, it was a perfect opportunity for me to experiment the Sashiko technique on them.
I learned how to do it by watching this youtube video. It’s in Japanese but you will get the idea just by watching the demonstration without having to understand the language. (In fact, the narrator is talking about the history rather than giving the instruction.)
* Click the title on top to jump to the youtube page as it won’t play on this blog page.
First, I sew on a patch that is made of similar colour and material to cover the hole from inside.
Marked the guide-lines for hand-stitching using fabric pencil…
Then started stitching using cotton thread…
And put them in the washing machine to wash off the pencil mark.
And here it is!
Same goes to the blue jeans…
Slightly fancier Sashiko stitching pattern on them (like the one on the youtube video).
After thought: Probably I should have used less visible coloured thread but at least you can see the pattern clearly…
Our Sashiko challenge continues!
I spotted the handwoven jute bag in action on a Maki’s holiday photo!
Only a handful of the handwoven bags are now available on Onagono’s online shop.
Here are some other lovely photos that Maki let me share – photographed by her at a camp site in Bruchem a small village in the Dutch province of Gelderland.
Necklaces are a great way to liven up a simple look. Especially big and colourful pieces are often my favourite for that purpose.
Here is a glass beads + coco disks mixed necklace from Kenya worn in two different ways. Can you spot the difference?
I wonder which balance is more aesthetically pleasing for you…?
NW London people! Have you made any plan for tomorrow yet?
If not, we have a suggestion!
Onagono’s secret agent Maki is having a market stall in Queens Park and she is showcasing some of the pieces from the Onagono online shop. So why not come down to see, touch and feel our ethically sourced and beautifully made products? There will be some handwoven placemats & bags, jewellery, colourful recycled cotton socks amongst others!
Apparently it is in the hall right next to an award-winning farmer’s market so that is definitely a great extra excuse to come down for a nice Sunday stroll!
OPENING HOURS: 10am-2pm (nice and short)
At Queens Park Community Sale
The other day, I posted a snapshot of our delivery package and I noticed that a lot of people showed interest in our packaging. So today, I decided to post a photo of our gift-wrap to show you how it would look like if you requested your order to be gift-wrapped by us.
For non gift items, we like to keep our packaging pretty yet simple so we normally wrap them in tissues – nice and neat – and send them in a brown box. But if your order is a gift for somebody, of course we like to add some frills (however not literary!) to our packaging on your behalf.
Here is a nice snapshot taken by a customer who received her gift-wrapped order.
(Photograph courtesy of Alex Jako)
We wrap the item(s) in a sheet of brown paper, tie it/them with a colourful (assorted) cotton string, and finish it with a Onagono stamped brown paper tag.
IMPORTANT: If you would like your order to be gift-wrapped, please simply type in ‘Gift’ in the note section at the check out stage – it’s a FREE service.
All the wrapping materials are recycled / recyclable / biodegradable.