Yoshie Nakagawa Wakabayashi's Profile

About

I’m Yoshie, the solo designer and creator behind Momohana Kobo. Born and raised in the rural countryside of Japan, I have lived in Southern California since 2002. I’m a mother to two children, Senna and Momoca who are the main sources of my inspiration.

Being a responsible consumer is a very important part of my life. I live in an urban area and find that there is a fundamental disconnect for most of us when it comes to understanding where our food comes from and how our clothes are made. In light of this, I am committed to making small changes in my own life in order to support environmental sustainability and to fight against ethical injustices that are often hidden behind the scenes of big brand companies’ manufacturing processes.

I am a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. The very first lesson of yoga is ‘Ahimsa’, which can be translated as non-killin…

Read more

  • Female
  • Born on August 29
  • Joined February 22, 2010

Favorite materials

Organic Cotton, Natural Colored Organic Cotton, Organic Wool, Hemp, Fair Trade Yarns from Companies or Program, Handmade Artisans Yarn, Recycled Blue Jeans Yarn, Recycled Vintage Cotton

Shop

MomohanaKobo
Organic + Fair Trade + Recycle =...

About

I’m Yoshie, the solo designer and creator behind Momohana Kobo. Born and raised in the rural countryside of Japan, I have lived in Southern California since 2002. I’m a mother to two children, Senna and Momoca who are the main sources of my inspiration.

Being a responsible consumer is a very important part of my life. I live in an urban area and find that there is a fundamental disconnect for most of us when it comes to understanding where our food comes from and how our clothes are made. In light of this, I am committed to making small changes in my own life in order to support environmental sustainability and to fight against ethical injustices that are often hidden behind the scenes of big brand companies’ manufacturing processes.

I am a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. The very first lesson of yoga is ‘Ahimsa’, which can be translated as non-killing, non-violence, or non-harm. This is also the fundamental principle behind my knitwear business. I do a great deal of research before I purchase the yarn and other materials that are used for Momohana Kobo. Additionally, I support fellow handmade artisans and sustainable businesses as much as possible.

I am also a freelance calligrapher. For me, the pursuit of simplicity, which I learned in my practice of calligraphy, is ever present in the way I design and create all my products. I started studying calligraphy at the age of 5 and continued until I graduated from high school. I have an Instructor certification in pencil and a Professor certification in brush calligraphy from The Japan Calligraphy Education Foundation, ‘Nihon Shuji’. This background in calligraphy gave me a strong foundation for my knitting and crocheting, as they have much in common; they both serve as meditation that quiets and gives inner peace to my restless mind.

I learned crocheting from my mother in my early childhood years. Yet, my busy school life took over and I found less opportunities to practice. I reconnected with working with yarns when I became a mother in 2004. Ever since I rediscovered my old hobby, and taught myself knitting, not a day goes by that my hands are not playing with knitting needles or a crochet hook. When my physical work time is limited, I work on new designs and creative ideas by sketching in my notebook. When I am creating my piece of work, I like to take my time and make several changes a little bit at a time. Each yarn carries a story of its own with its unique personality, color, texture and weight. I try to bring its rawness and authenticity to life by fiddling around with the designs until I am able to reach the ideal shape and finalize an original pattern. Trial and error is an important process for me when creating ideal patterns.

Here are in-depth descriptions of the yarns that are used in Momohana Kobo.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomohanaKobo/about

Thank you so much for visiting and reading about my shop.

Unfollow username?

Are you sure you want to stop following this person?