Wednesday word of the day: zakka

I just love this word....I couldn't say this any better, so this is straight from the Wikipedia:


Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka'(雑貨)or 'many things') is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and outlook. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin. But can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties and seventies. In Japan there are also so-called Asian zakka stores; that usually refers to Southeast Asia. The interest in Nordic design or Scandinavian 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."
The Danish independent film Zakka West (2003) by Mikael Colville-Andersen is one of the first examples of the zakka fad reaching the West.

anyone recognize this....?
 Verity from Joie de tea certainly will!

some more Zakka goodness............


small zipper pouch by 'Simbiosisbyjulia'

cat with bird rubber stamp by Craft Pudding

 embroidered on linen - bonnie bear says hi, by chetanddot

happy elephant yellow passport cover by Noei


  1. This site is so cool, love reading all the blog and postings, hope to chat with you soon... :)

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  2. Yay it's my squirrel tea cosy! :) That would be an awesome book to have...

  3. OMG! Luisa, I looked this up on Monday! We are certainly in sync at the moment... scary!

  4. Veri-Tea: I have this book on hold at the library, can't wait to get my mitts on it!
    Rosie: our crafty minds are melding!!


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