If you are wondering, what is "Wa",
It is not the exclamation when you see these wonderful quilts, but a word that has come to mean "harmony and peace".
Those who have been reading my blog a while know about my love affair with kasuri and many of these quilts contain LOTS of kasuri fabric.
I looked at kasuri fabrics in some of the shops and, judging from the prices, many of these quilts are worth a small fortune in material alone!
Kasuri Diamond Flower.
Here is a detail of the same.
All those hexagons!
(Irene, that would take a lot of Wednesdays)!
A close-up of "Our Beautiful Earth North Ground I.
Kazaguruma, or pinwheels, by Motoyama-san.
The title of this was a bit too hard for my poor Japanese to figure out or my husband to explain. The kanji for the quilter's name could also be read more than one way ...("Soma ni mangoku").
See why we need names in romaji!! My guess is Tanida-san. The whole quilt is stitched in Sashiko.
This one by Yamamoto-san also was quilted with sashiko stitches and some embroidery.
By Endo-san. I didn't get the title.
"Flow of Time" by Ono-san. This has some amazing detail and lots of kanji in applique.
This also has a time theme ... something like being thankful 365 days. It is made by Masukawa-san.
There is a lot of kasuri in this too and you can see the kanji for spring, summer, fall, and winter, along with pictures of rabbits with seasonal poses ... mosquito coil, blossoms of the season, kite flying, moon viewing and the like.
"Blown by the Wind" by Mawatari-san. (Another hard name to figure out)
I was more blown away by the quilts in this category.
And here is one more I failed to record but is too pretty to leave out.
There is one lovely thing about all these quilts, they were all hand quilted. I feel that even though this kasuri had been cut into many pieces, the handwork showed respect to the hands that had dyed and woven that fabric so long ago.
More to come.....