Japanese bookbinding is an ancient tradition and although it comes in many forms, the stab bindings are the best known. This binding was originated from China and soon spread to Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Also called stitched binding, it was used before the more modern codex form that we use today.
I love burlap. I love its texture , its color, its frayed look, its roughness. Burlap is a challenging and versatile material that has character on its own. I have seen it used in several ways, but I would never trust it to dress one of my journals, as I want my books to be strong and long lasting and burlap tends to fray when used.
So I came up with the following idea. What if I make sturdy bookcovers with museum board and linen bookcloth and use burlap only for the final layer of the cover? The idea worked well, so this is how this journal was born.