Saturday, 28 January 2017

16th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2017 (Wa or Japanese quilts)

'Wa' stands for Japanese and the quilts entered in this category of the contest should have something Japanese, be it fabric, motif or technique.

Wheels of indigo.
 By Tsukiei(?) Hanabusa 花房月栄

Carps and pine needles
By  Yoshiko(?) Uemura 上村義子

 You need a good collection of kimono silk to make such gradation in your quilt.
 By Michiko Ohbuchi 大淵美智子

Reflections in the quiet pond by an old water mill.
 By Kaworu Okada 岡田かをる

 Flower viewing by Ayako(?) Sato 佐藤絢子
 It is a Western patchwork pattern but the fabric is all shibori kimono silk. Fancy collecting all these shades!


 The Asian dragon has no wings but can climb the air nevertheless.
 By Michiko Kitahara 北原美千子




20 comments:

  1. how you are delighting us all with these photos loving the quilt reflections reminds me of when we lived in a little village Mapledurham with the river Thames at the bottom of the garden and a working mill

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    1. I immediately thought of a film, Dreams, by Akira Kurosawa where there is a fantastic scene with a watermill.
      Your village must have been something smilar!

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  2. What a great display of quilts. Just beautiful.

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    1. Yes, and these are just a few of the many on show.

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  3. Thanks for sharing those amazing quilts, they're all my favorites but especially the Asian Dragons with Flowers, so wow!
    That Tokyo quilt festival is always one of the best put on.

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    1. It is not unusual to see mythical creatures or folklore in the Wa quilts. I liked the addition of the flowers to the dragon quilt.

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  4. I enjoy seeing these quilts, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Maybe Wa quilts are not often seen outside Japan.

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  5. I can't pick a favourite they are all stunning. There are always fantastic quilts at the Toyoko quilt festival.

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    1. There were many more that did not got documented on my camera - too many people to take photos.

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  6. Thanks for sharing photos of the quilts, they are beautiful. It's the first time for ages that I've had chance to get on the computer for a catch up to see what you have been posting.

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    1. I've been spending far too much time on the computer writing up blog posts; the house is in disarray and need a thorough clean out.

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  7. Wow. These are stunning. (I suppose the advantage to viewing the quilts on-line is that no one can witness my mouth dangling open in awe.) ;)

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  8. The Wa quilts are so beautiful! I think you are right about not seeing them much outside of Japan.

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    1. Entries by Japanese quilters at contests in the UK are always 'Western' design and fabric. No kimono silk, no origami folded fabric cranes, very little indigo and absolutely no log cabins in shibori silk!

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  9. I am amazed by these quilts, the work and designs are fantastic, thank you for showing us such brilliant work!

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    1. If you have visited quilt shows in the UK you must have seen a lot of excellent hand quilting and striking art quilts, but I think no or only a few of the Wa kind.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your photos of these fabulous quilts. The creativity and workmanship is truly inspiring.

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  11. You saw so many more quilts than I did! I don't recognize half these quilts. Isn't that amazing! I was at that show a good 7 hours. How did I miss all of these?

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