Monday, 26 January 2015

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival - part 3

The 'Wa' category is for Japanese themed quilts.  This seems to mean that they are almost 100% made from recycled vintage fabrics, so the quilts are a treasure trove of old silk chirimen, aizome indigo, katazome stencil dyed cotton etc.  Abstract quilts dominated this section, with a few more pictorial pieces.  I liked the choice of tea green as a background colour for the gallery.

This is a very interesting use of curved Log Cabin blocks, combining rectangular and square elements.

The way that fabrics are graded and shaded across the quilt and the choice of those fabrics gives the quilts a unique feeling.

A pictorial quilt depicting the o-mikoshi shrine at a festival, all done in silk.

Sashiko accents add detail to this noshi design.

I liked the variation in the angle of the plaids and stripes in this subtle quilt, mainly hexagons.

The huge variety of value and colour in old aizome makes many of these quilts work.

Taupes given the 'Wa' treatment.

The diagonal lines on these fabrics suggest rain.

The simple sashiko accents in circles work well on this design.

A quilt making use of the back and front of hexagon piecing.

The greenish fabrics in this quilt are also aizome indigo dyed.

Dense embroidery used to create a garden view.

This mountain village design was very popular with visitors - I think the maker is from Yamagata prefecture.

Simple sashiko accents in the border.

Inspired by boromono, but with sparkly threads included across the quilt.

Antique toys and old fashioned things, in applique.

More chirimen silk.

Just a few of my favourites from the 'Wa' category...


Pat said...

Thank you so much for sharing. This has been wonderful.....almost like being there. THANK YOU!!!!

Susie Q said...

I am over whelmed with all there was to see in this group. Will have to go back and look again. Will do the other posts in a day or so can only absorb so much.

Thank You for posting these great photos.