IPorch Quilt Show, Day #27.
In the early 90s, I returned to Japan, after an absence of ten years, because my husband had a conference there.
In Kyoto, we stopped in a little shop called Aizenkobo. There was a group of men sitting around, but when we came in, they asked us if we'd like to see a demonstration (or at least I thought that was what they asked), and of course, I said yes. They got busy, dunking and dipping and twisting fabric in massive indigo dye pots. It was just wonderful, right up until they selected seven pieces of fabric for us, folded them into a little bag, and handed it to us with a bill for I think about $100 US. I was mortified, but I figured I must have agreed to it, so we paid. Those gorgeous indigo pieces sat in the bag, in my cabinet, for 30 years, until I became an empty nester and got up the courage to use them!
The seven pieces are in the two top rows, plus the center piece in the bottom row. In the bottom row, to the left, is a blue-and-white flower fabric that I don't even think is Japanese; on the far right bottom, a pair of Japanese farmers pants that I had heavily used and loved.
The red border prints include:
- Small floral motif, rescued by a friend from the town dump on the Japanese island of Hachijojima;
- A polyester kimono, with a bright red print - when I took it apart, I found a much older red kimono, with a softly colored print inside.
There's also fabric from other Japanese garments, including a yukata and several hapi-style jackets. The sashing is from a made-in-Japan dress that my Mom wore. The cranes flying across the top are from a three panel door curtain ("noren"), and the strip above that was a jacket. So along with being a wonderful memory quilt for me, this is also an upcycled quilt!
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