I went to the Craft and Sewing Show in Melbourne last week and discovered a new craft. Well, it's a new craft to me.
Participants at this 'make and take' workshop were able to learn how to do Japanese Origami (paper-folding) on fabric not on paper! Using special kimono-printing fabric I was patiently shown how to fold and twist and turn fabric measuring approximately 50cm long and 15cm wide,
|Starting with this|
into this pretty Origami Kimono. It wasn't easy but with some help from the experts Mariko Ikeda and Daisuke Ikeda I was able to transform a length of fabric into this kimono shown below. Mariko Ikeda is a quilt artist specialising in origami fabric folding. In time my little piece of folded fabric will become a quilted wall hanging.
|Ended up with this|
Patchwork Mariko Japan have a blog here.You can read about traditional kimono's here. I found some lovely traditional kimono's on Pinterest for your viewing pleasure. Gorgeous works of art.