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What does ‘Kokuin’ mean?

Woodblock print on fabric

Recently, I sent an email to someone telling her about my business venture and the launch of the website. She replied with a congratulatory note and also asked what the word ‘Kokuin’ means. I realized that I had not explained anything about the name on the website, so here goes. ‘Kokuin’ is a Japanese word that means ‘imprint’ or ‘seal’.

The beginning

Person woodblock printing a fabric

I have always liked working with my hands. I tried my hand at pottery when I was in my teens, and even though it was a short-lived attempt and most of what I made bore little or no resemblance to what they were supposed to be, I enjoyed every bit of it. It was only after I returned to the US a few years ago that I began to think about learning another craft.