2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival Grand Prix winner

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part one

ABOVE: Grand Prix First Prize Winner by Tokiko Yanazawa

PART ONE: Traditional Category, Original Design Category, Wa Category

By Patricia Belyea

TOKYO JP  Yesterday the International Great Quilt Festival opened at the Tokyo Dome with over 50,000 people attending. The Festival is the largest quilt show in the world—spanning seven days—with an average of 250,000 visitors per year. Exhibitions, competitions, special shows, vendors, and more fill the huge baseball stadium.

2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

This blog presents just a taste of this extraordinary show. Even so, it takes four posts to share all the photos that were taken. (Please note that I have not included many of the makers’ names as most were written in Japanese characters.)

The Traditional Category quilts may be based on traditional designs but the entrants have taken the complexity of their work to a whole new level:

2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

Quilts in the Original Design Category span dramatic to charming to humorous. Details again abound with every quilt.

2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

Wa means Spirit of Japan. For the Wa Category, some of the participants used vintage and antique Japanese fabrics to make their quilts.

2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

Check out the details on these Wa Category quilts:

2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival
2017 Tokyo Quilt Festival

To see PART TWO: Invitational Flower Story Exhibit, Bag Category, Partnership Quilts +click here

To see PART THREE: Special Exhibits, Historic Textiles +click here

To see PART FOUR: Yoko Saito Retrospective, Grand Prix Winners +click here


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