worth getting out of bed for
This morning I broke with my customary weekend habit of switching off the dreaded alarm (I’m not exaggerating about the dread – it often haunts me through the day) and enjoying a rare moment of luxury in bed with no reason to get up, so that I could go on the Oxford Asian Textile Group‘s first outing of 2011 to see Japanese textiles at the Ashmolean Museum. And I’m happy to say that it was definitely worth skipping a lie-in for. We got a guided tour of a fascinating selection of textiles – kimono, fukusa, bits of embroidery, a screen… all sorts. One of the most wonderful things, in my opinion, was a huge (C19?) pattern book, full of all the different stencil patterns that could be printed onto fabric to make into a kimono. I had never seen one of these before, so it was quite a discovery.