Sunday, November 29, 2009

Yokahama International Quilt Week

Photos were not allowed of many of the quilts on display, I have a few more and I also bought a book which shows some of the others.
Below: a peek at some of the wearable art - not a huge section - also more practically wearable than the beautiful fantasy garments we often see at shows here. There were quite a lot of international quilts - I was very impressed by some from Korea, Taiwan, Russia and India. Also a display of Australian Down Under Quilts which was nice to see.

The shopping at the show was good too - many products we don't get at home and reasonable prices. I mostly bought small pieces and packs of fabrics as well as bag handles, buttons, zips, etc. Some in our group brought beautiful Kimonos to unpick and use for quilts but they had to post boxes home which I didn't want to do.
Above: cottons and silks and below: a selection of more traditional Japanese fabrics, including a few from the Blue & White shop in Tokyo which sells the traditionally made indigo fabrics - rather expensive but nice.
Putting them together, I think I have enough in several colour themes to make a series of bags and/or small wall pieces, which I have already started to do.
Fabric shopping generally in Japan is much better than here - the department stores still have good fabric/craft sections and we went to a great shop in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo called Okadaya. It has 7 floors - one each for buttons, yarns, craft books and magazines, fabrics, beads, etc. A paradise for us!

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Japanese Food

I enjoyed most of the food I tried in Japan but using chopsticks was a challenge!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm back

I had a fantastic trip to Japan - here's a collage of some of the temples we visited. The tour was very good - a small group of 14 lovely quilting ladies and we were kept very busy but some serious shopping happened along the way! Great food, scenery, and textiles too.
The Quilt show in Yokahama was excellent - I thought it might be mainly traditional but there were many contemporary quilts, bags, clothing and a fantastic display of Indian Kantha stitching both old and new - as well as the shopping stalls and demonstations of course.
I'll post more pics next time - busy catching up with people and things to do at home.

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