In the first part of the book Teresa tells the story of how Japanese women were initially influenced by American quilts, and how, over time, they developed their own quilting styles. Japan has a very long tradition making, dyeing and sewing textiles, therefore the decision to make quilts was an easy and smooth one.
Teresa Duryea Wong shares all her extensive research with us. She gives insight in the Iemoto system, introduces quilters who made it from student to master quilter, tells us about the first quilt shop in Japan and presents many interesting facts on Japanese patchwork.
What’s the Iemoto system? Many arts and crafts in Japan are taught in the Iemoto system which is a strict training by a master teacher over many years, ending with a master’s certificate. And patchwork (meaning patchwork and quilts in Japan) is taught in the same way. Today there are many Iemoto schools for patchwork but outside this formal system there are also quilt instructors who teach classes as we are used to.
And after the highly interesting first part of the book comes the wonderful second part – 8 Japanese quilting artists representing eight very different styles of contemporary quilting. Here you get a very personal glimpse into the lives of the artists, the stories of their quilts, the setting of their studios and best of all a lot of beautiful pictures. It is so interesting and inspiring that you can’t stop leaving through the pages (even while I’m writing this review I turn pages, look at the quilts and read a little bit here and there).
This book is not your usual quilting book. There are no patterns, no instructions and no technical details. This book is a lot more. An inspirational and educational book, lovingly and beautifully made and a very interesting read. A book for your coffee table or for your best friend’s.
JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY QUILTS AND QUILTERS
by Teresa Duryea Wong
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.