Zakka Embroidery

Simple One and Two Colour Embroidery Motifs and Small Crafts

by Yumiko Higuchi

This delightful book presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandanavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened into organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature.

Wikipedia says: Zakka (from the Japanese for 'miscellaneous things') is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin, but it can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies.  The interest in Scandanavian design, both contemporary and past, is also part of this zakka movement. Zakka can also be contemporary handicraft

Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane" The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. "Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext."