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 from mainly
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.
Pictures do the best definition, so here’s a few Zakka-ish item. Ordinary? But they are very cute in a Zakka way.
Zakka softies by à voir
Zakka fabric bookmark by revontulitikku.
So....zakka anyone? Me definitely!!