If you hadn't guessed by the recent spate of cooking posts, we are culinary fans. We're captivated by everything from tasty dishes to kitchen toys to cook's fashions. This excelent number comes from Ichiro at Ichiroya Flea Market in Osaka, Japan. This is a classic Japanese store or factory apron. The one pictured above says "Miyoshi Soap Factory." Ichiro has an excellent and ever changing collection.
These aprons are made of very thick navy cotton with cloth ties.
In this image from the New York Times Design & Living magazine, new bar/hotelier/restaurant design guru Sean MacPherson is using a maekake to cover an old chair.
If you're looking for beautiful vintage Japanese fabric, Ichiro has that too. While the site is a bit deep, adventurous divers will find some treasures.
While you're there don't forget to sign up for Ichiro's charming newsletter. Or if you want to avoid the mail box clutter, you can catch up with his posts here:
To find the aprons, you'll have to sort through a few pages in the Foklore Touch section of the site.