Made in Japan: Quilts, Cotton and Indigo

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Cotton & Indigo from Japan: The Very Old and the Very New. Japan’s textile history will come alive as you learn about two epic plants and how they forever changed the world: cotton and indigo. Indigo is native to Japan and for centuries, it has inspired weavers, dyers, merchants and artists. Indigo is especially symbiotic with cotton. Hear the stories behind traditional cotton folk textiles such as boro, sashiko, katazome, kasuri, & chusen, a time-honored traditional screen printing method used to make cotton yukata (kimono) and tenugi (hand towel). Take an exclusive tour of Japan’s elite textile printing mills and understand why Japan is considered the world’s finest producer of quilting cotton. See the stunning quilts being made today with these very old and very new textiles and meet the Japanese quilt artists who are designing fabric for quilting. 

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Teresa Duryea Wong spends most days writing nonfiction books and articles. She has authored two books on Japanese quilts and textiles, and two new books will be published in 2019. One book will follow the story of American cotton and quilts, and another shares the 45-year history of the International Quilt Festival and two women who changed quilt history. She travels to Japan and throughout the US to research, write, and lecture. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies from Rice University and in 2014, was named the ‘Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Scholar’ by the Texas Quilt Museum and the Bybee Foundation. When she’s not writing or walking the dog, Teresa makes quilts.