Today three friends and I traveled to Melbourne for a little retail therapy. Our primary goal was to visit Ziguzagu at the Kazari Wearhouse in Richmond to see their various textiles and other treasures. It is heaven for a lover of fabric with rows of boxes full of Kimono fabrics, silk, cotton and viscose, books, threads, boxes of remnants in which to rummage, kimono for adults and children, obi, vintage indigo textiles, boro and many other delightful things to tempt the eye and empty the wallet. I was looking for old indigo pieces, but also purchased some silk remnants that may be used as is, or dyed in my next dyeing day. Then there was wonderful vintage furniture to explore, together with various Japanese and Chinese collectables… I only bought remnants here, and will show my booty tomorrow when I can photograph it all. To give you an idea of what it was like…..look at these photos and wish…..
From here we went to Tombo in High Street, Northcote, another, smaller company specialising in Asian antique furniture and Japanese textiles, where one of us purchased a very beautiful old box to use as a sewing box. We were amused and pleased, as this person had regaled us on the drive down with plans for her garden, and the fact she was saving to purchase some large bags of Dynamic Lifter for her many roses……when she saw the box she changed her mind…..”Damn the roses and their Dynamic Lifter…..I need this box more!”
Across the road was another shop I had never visited before Flashback Fabrics which was full of glorious fabrics from the 50’s – 70’s, both vintage and reproduction – it is fairly pricey, but well worth visit for nostalgia value alone. We then had a coffee in a Greek cafe nearby before setting off for home, and I was very taken with these giant doorstop ham and cheese sandwiches they had for sale. Compare the size of these slices of bread with the normal sized croissants behind – they were at least an inch thick – just the thing for a growing lad……..or a ravenous Tradie!