I went to see an exhibition of Wa quilts at Gajoen
Wa stands for 'Japanese', and such quilts have either a Japanese theme or are made from Japanese fabric. These quilts were mainly made from kimono silk and quite perfect. Not one boro quilt in sight.
A selection of Japanese patterns (sashiko designs e.g.) in this quilt
Miroku Bodhisattva of Kouryu Temple in Kyoto
made in Mola quilting technique
A round window with 'paper' panes and bamboo growing outside
An incredibly small and perfect Mariners Compass
entirely stitched by hand
Gajoen was established in 1928 as a first class Japanese restaurant with banquet rooms, hotel accommodation and rooms for wedding ceremonies. Read more about it here
Gajoen's Hyakudan Kaidan is also used for exhibitions. The walls and ceilings are decorated with paintings, there are tatami straw mats on the floor (shoes have to be removed and everyone walks around in socks or stockings, as you can see). The quilts are hung from black lacquered kimono stands (used to hang kimono for airing before being folded and put away in a drawer).
This quilt looks like a modern Western quilt, but look at the close up...
yes, there are raw edges (pinking) and machine quilting, but the fabric is hand tied and dyed shibori silk
In this quilt many blocks have been folded into origami bows.
Colonial Knots give this quilt a new dimension
My absolute favorite was this Suffolk Puff (Yo-yo) quilt. Can you see that there is an electric cord at the bottom left? There is a lamp behind the quilt, and the phosphorus green dots is light coming through black lace. Look at the detailed photos below.
I have never seen lace used as a background for a quilt, well, technically it isn't a quilt, there is no quilting, and I was not the only one standing for a long time in awe in front of this quilt.
This quilt had some traditional toys, a cat, inflatable paper balls and a rattle.
Finally I got some ideas for my Hina Dolls for next year. I need to make an aubergine eggplant and a chrysanthemum flower.