Etsuko Furaya’s line for Japanese fabric brand Kokka, Echino, is fresh and inventive. Bright, bold, and graphic, Fuyara’s aesthetic is unlike anything else available on the market right now. Much of the collection features extra-large repeats with prints spanning from selvage to selvage. With such an enormous repeat, it’s like getting half a dozen separate prints with every yard (and it’s a great opportunity to practice your fussy cutting). A few of the prints fall into the now ironic “Put a Bird On It” category (thanks, Portlandia), but we love them anyway.
The Echino line is a cotton-linen blend perfect for heavier-duty applications (think tote bags), but will work just as well in a quilt. (See Elizabeth Hartman’s beautiful Echino quilt here.)
Unlike the rest of the fabric in the shop, which is organized by color, the Japanese fabrics are kept together at the front of the store where they’re easy to stumble upon and adore.