News & Special Events


on beautiful one-off jackets, cloths

Exhibition opens 6pm Friday 13 September 2019
at Altenburg & Co, Braidwood NSW

Exhibition continues until Sunday 6 October 2019

Altenburg & Co

104 Wallace St Braidwood NSW,
Phone (02) 48422545
10 - 4pm Friday to Sunday

The narrow bolt of Japanese cloth is indeed a clever thing.

Kimono have been made from a single bolt of cloth, in one size, for thousands of years, with virtually no waste.

In designing and making Mingei jackets, the aim has always been the same: no regret for wasting or misusing, “mottainai”.

Now, just 9 garments have been carefully chosen, predominantly one size only, with a message that dressing can be simple and instant... beautiful cloths over a solid colour base, with a
shibori or kasuri scarf tossed on top.

Please join us for a very interesting event: specially made jackets, vests and scarves, kasuri cloth for sale by the metre... and delicious Japanese omochi cakes at the opening on Saturday 1 September, at 2pm.



Mingei Australia invites you to an exhibition of:

Beautiful cloths, lighting & furnishing
Mary Taguchi

Exhibition opens 2pm Saturday 2 September 
at Altenburg & Co, Braidwood NSW

Exhibition continues until 9 October, 2017

Altenburg & Co

104 Wallace St Braidwood NSW, 02 48422545
10 - 4pm Friday to Sunday

Drawing from Mary’s textile collection of historical Japanese cottons, some pieces will be specially available as part of an upcoming exhibition at Altenburg and Co in Braidwood NSW.

This exhibition will be showing both old and new indigo dyed woven kasuri.

“I never cease to admire the incredible work involved in the making of this wondrous weave. The old cloths tell the story of villagers who tie and dye threads into intricate patterns before weaving the cloths needed for life, as clothing, as bedding. The new cloths are all from my contact with a present day Japanese pedlar, and form the seating on old dining chairs found in an Australian country town.”

Coupled with the superb sculptured paper lighting of the remarkable Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), the exhibition will be a joy for anyone with interests in indigo, cotton and paper and the timeless crafts of humble people.

Stories of Cloth and Clay for the Everyday

Old and new Sakiori Textiles by Mingei Australia
Ceramics by Sandy Lockwood

Exhibition continues until 10 October, 2016

Mary Taguchi: Cloth
Sandy Lockwood: Clay

Altenburg & Co

104 Wallace Street, Braidwood, NSW (02) 4842 2545

SAKIORI, ‘torn woven’

An exhibition of beautiful, textured cotton cloths derived from early trading routes along the northern coast of Japan.

Originally woven with hemp and torn cotton strips, Mary Taguchi’s collection has stunning old and new sakiori cloths, for your table, your furniture.

You are invited to an exhibition and sale of:



Japanese Prints from the Collection of David Button

21 October to 21 November 2015

Rathdowne Galleries


310 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, 3054

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday to Friday 11 – 6.  Saturday 12 – 5.

Tel: 03 9347 1854 E:

Mingei Store House

invites you to an exotic collection of new tenugui and bowls and to celebrate the year with a glass of prosecco

Friday 12 December 2014
5pm - 8pm

Village Square Bungendore NSW

Mary Taguchi’s Timeless Much-Loved Work With Japanese Indigo Dyed Cottons Is Coming To Melbourne

Tuesday 8 April – Saturday 26 April 2014

Inspired by the aesthetic of Japan, sturdy country clothing and the unusual narrow bolts of cotton cloth, Mary combines traditional and contemporary design to produce beautiful, functional, elegant garments from her Mingei Australia studio.

You are invited to the first exhibition and sale of these unique shirts and jackets in conjunction with the exhibition of Japanese prints at Joshua McClelland Print Room & Rathdowne Galleries.

Rathdowne Galleries


310 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, 3054

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday to Friday 11 – 6.  Saturday 12 – 5.
Sunday 13 April only 12 – 5.  Closed over Easter Break.

Tel: 03 9347 1854 E:

A special exhibition of sakiori and kogin will be set up in the Mingei Store House from 4-28 JULY 2013

You’ll love it!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10.00am - 5.00pm

NEWSLETTER #3 June 2013

Having recently returned from a week in Japan, Mary Taguchi writes:

For years I have wanted to be in Tohoku, the far north of Japan, seeking the cloths and studio workplaces of that region. The history has drawn me there, for in the very cold north, where cotton wouldn’t grow, Tohoku people originally wove the inner bark of woody plants such as hemp and wisteria. It was trading ships from Osaka that brought remnants of used cotton clothing and so the idea of tearing and weaving these cloths came into existence. This is what is called sakiori - literally “tear and weave”. This links with the frugal Japanese notion of not wasting perfectly good things; in the case of fabrics, by giving them a second life through re-weaving and embraced by a word used from each person’s early childhood - “That’s mottainai” - That’s wasteful.

Sakiori cloths could clearly be used for table covers in the winter, for belts/obi, for carry bags and for clothing such as vests and aprons.

With quite some preparation in hand, we took fast trains to the north, continuing in local buses to specific places. Although the prime time of Spring, it was very cold, then sleet and snow. It was good that the weather was like this, to understand better the sakiori story and the reason for the use of bright colours in weaving.. . . vibrant colours for relief from the cold, snowy white.

Seeing the cloths torn into narrow strips, the winding of these into small balls called hesomaki, the weaving on traditional strap looms and the make-up of the cloths into useful articles was as good as I ever wanted. I could immediately purchase table runners, bags and purses, and have cushion orders underway - the Mingei Store House is a perfect place for this work and I will love working with these happy, inspiring people.

Connecting to the requirements for warm clothing in Japan’s north is the decorative stitch, kogin. I needed to see this in operation, having discovered it many years ago on the clothing of actors in Akira Kurosawa’s film, ‘Dreams’. It is a clever stitch, always horizontal, with the ability to wed layers of cloth together as reinforcement and hence make warm garments. Because of being a horizontal stitch, hundreds of patterns of diamonds have been produced over hundreds of years. Another train, another bus and another town away, revealed the weaving, dyeing, cutting of cloth, stitching and make up of goods. Kogin stitched goods are now in the Mingei Store House and again, we have delightful people to work with from now on.