Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Japanese Puzzle Quilt
Christmas has come and gone --- got the message --- but I wanted to highlight the Japanese Puzzle Quilt wall hanging that is behind the tree. I made it several years ago after eyeing the design in a quilt shop in Berkeley. At the time, my grandmother gave me a stash of kasuri fabrics from Japan --- gorgeous dyed wovens that are quite popular here. Interestingly, kasuri fabrics can be pretty pricey and valuable these days, but in the past, kasuri clothing was worn in the countryside as a durable and less expensive alternative to other fabrics. One reason for the increase in value is that the kasuri weaving method requires precise skill, and the number of artisans who are able to make this fabric has diminished --- it is truly a dying art.