• End of Retail Flash Sale Continues

    We would sincerely like to thank all of our valued customers for your support over the last decade,  it’s been a fabulous time for us both. We’ve enjoyed sharing our passion for beautiful Japanese textiles and the art of sashiko stitching, and have developed some lifelong friendships along the way. However it’s time for us […]

  • Getting Creative With The Lola Girl Sashiko Panel

    The Lola Girl sashiko panel is one of my favourite designs. With its interesting take on the traditional Seven Treasures motif, it got me thinking about how it would look as a runner for my dining room table. After completing the sashiko stitching, I chose a suitable Japanese backing fabric to subtly contrast the design. […]

  • Keiko Futatsuya Exhibition

    We’re so very proud to be hosting an exhibition of Sashiko and Boro work by Keiko Futatsuya. It will be happening at the Indigo Niche stand —Stand A11— at the upcoming Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair, November 3rd to 6th. Along with her company, Keiko Futatsuya works out of the little town of Takayama, […]

  • Shibori – A Local Interpretation.

    We recently got in touch with our friend Jane Postle to check out some of her locally-made Shibori. Shibori has never been too far from our thoughts. During our travels through Japan earlier this year, we were very impressed by the Arimatsu Shibori Kaikan, a Shibori museum in Arimatsu, Nagoya. Nowhere else in Japan is there such a central […]

  • Trio of Techniques – A Lovely Mt Tamborine Retreat

    After the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair wrapped up, I jotted down some highlights from a wonderful hand-sewing retreat that we hosted in March. We only wish that we could hold events like this more often! The previous retreat that we’d held at Mt Tamborine was with sashiko/applique artist Sylvia Pippen in 2011, so this […]

  • Textile Journeys – from Kyoto to the Tokyo Quilt Festival

    In late January we embarked on one of our semi-regular visits to Japan. We like to be exposed to the true cultural roots of our chosen craft as much as we can, and to pick up bits of inspiration for our designs along the way. This year’s trip was motivated by a need to recharge our batteries […]

  • Boro Jacket – A Real Find

    While travelling through Yokohama on a recent trip I stumbled across something truly amazing. I’m not normally swayed to purchase something so readily when I’m out browsing and sight-seeing, but I just couldn’t resist this gorgeous find: A Boro Jacket. I think of the wearing possibilities of this Jacket  – considering the history of the garment […]


Indigo Niche was formed in 2009 by sisters Colleen Shepherd and Sue Howie out of their passion for Japanese textiles and sashiko stitching. What drives the Indigo Niche brand is a passion for Japanese textiles and the gentle art of Sashiko, as well as teaching and promoting our love of Sashiko to all who visit our workshop. We are proud to design many of the Sashiko Products on offer at the workshop.

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