I’ve often seen bloggers using the expression “zakka” and wondered about the meaning. What´s zakka?

Today I discovered “zakka” has even become the August theme at whiplash  . Here I also found the definition according to Wikipedia:

Zakka (from the Japanese ‘zak-ka’ 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 … Zakka has also been described as “the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane”. … Cute is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, laden with subtexts.

 I´ve just made this bucket bag out of an ancient piece of heavy homespun found at a lumber room at Samsø a couple of years ago. The lining is a faded red tablecloth.

That´s recycling for sure – but I wonder if it qualifies as zakka too?

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Mixed media artist working with collage, art-money, artists´ books, ceramics and communication
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10 Responses to Zakka

  1. Concha says:

    I think it does qualify as zakka because it looks fresh and clean and beautifully made!

  2. wilsonian says:

    It certainly is beautiful!

  3. Maryellen says:

    This is so beautiful–the textiles are so simple, yet lovely. Definitely zakka.

    Did you use a pattern? This is something I’ve wanted to make after seeing some from an Australian textile company (whose name I can’t think of right now).

  4. Angela says:

    It certainly gets my vote for zakka! Your work is always sublimely elegant and sensitive. A new goal in my life is to visit Samso. I’m impressed with its neutral carbon footprint. Your work seems to embody the useful concepts of recycling and creating beautiful things for the home. Keep up the good work and I hope you will come to the states to teach some classes! Please tell us about your teaching certification that you just finished.

  5. garden girl says:

    I’d never heard of zakka before – but have learnt a new word today! thanks!
    Good job – the bag is great.

  6. kissa says:

    Making new from old is a great thing to do. My children had many bright and very jolly dungarees etc when they were little which were made from items bought or found. They were the best dressed children around and the planet must have benefitted just a weeny bit from this!

  7. kissa says:

    Meant to say your blog looks very interesting. I will visit again.

  8. Hej Hnne!
    tack för besöket och kommentaren i min blogg! Jag har justladdat upp mera bilder från mitt svenska sommarlandskap på min flickr om du vill se.


    Jag var på en dagsutflykt i Köpenhamn för någon vecka sedan. Jag tycker att strandvejen från Helsingör till Köpenhamn är så fin

  9. I’ve never heard the word zakka before.
    Your bag looks great!

  10. erika says:

    Det var dumt vi ikke treffes mens jeg var i Danmark men vi får sikkert en sjanse en annen gang. Sommeren i Norge og Danmark var litt skuffende – kjempe kaldt og for mye regn. Hadde det kjempe kjekt i Ebeltoft og rundt omkring på Jylland. Deilig å være Norsk i Danmark!

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