Joyful fashion: Chinami Mori’s colorful weavings, and her model-grandmother

By Ingrid Fetell Lee

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Japanese artist Chinami Mori weaves vibrantly colored and textured scarves using a technique called Saori, which eschews rigid rules, allowing the weaver to incorporate colored yarn, string, and fabric in a freeform way. Her 93 year-old grandmother Emiko stops by her studio regularly, and in a delightful twist, often models her creations for Chinami’s Instagram feed. The combination of Emiko’s joyful personality with the playful, multicolored weavings is enough to snap anyone out of a bad mood.

I love how this challenges the convention of models having to be pre-teen and sour-faced to be fashionable. There are many times when I want to feature clothing on this blog and then think twice, because the expression on the model’s face is so grumpy that it seems to undercut the whole thing. Seeing these photos, it makes me wonder why more brands don’t use smiling models: don’t they want us to believe we’ll be happy when we buy their stuff?

Chinami says of Emiko, “She’s my favorite person in the whole world. I make grandma happy, and that’s just so much fun for me, too.”

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Find Chinami Mori’s creations and Emiko’s delightful poses on instagram: @1000wave. She doesn’t sell internationally yet, but hopefully soon!
Images: Chinami Mori @1000wave

January 19th, 2016


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    Discussion (3 Comments)

  1. Christine Adams on January 19, 2016

    This made me smile, no….GRIN! Joyful fashion, joyful women, joyful relationship!

    1. Ingrid on January 21, 2016

      Hi Christine! Glad you liked it too 🙂

  2. Sherry on January 19, 2016

    Wow! those colors and textures really sock you in the eye! I love it! And I want one of those hats! One that would make people smile when they see me!


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