Monday, 13 February 2012

A Little More from my trip to Japan

Day 4 of our trip Melanie & I headed to Nippori or Fabric Town.  What an experience, shop after shop (the map lists 86 separate shops) with rolls and rolls of every imaginable kind of fabric, shops full of buttons, trims, furs, leather and lace.  Everything I could ever possibly want - I knew I was in trouble with limited luggage space. 

Proceeding with caution (although Melanie couldn't help herself) I made it all the way to Tomato Select before I found fabric that just had to come home with me.  Actually there's five separate Tomato shops in Nippori, each totally different from the others with several floors of  amazing collections of just about everything sewing related.  But back to Tomato Select, upstairs is a wonderful collection of  Japanese fabrics - lots of beautiful, romantic Yuwa that has that wonderful soft feel, Echino, gorgeous designs from Joshiko Jinzenji and many more.  Stupidly, I now realize I don't have a photo to share, because the fabric I purchased was a gift for my Mother - who loves it.

From Tomato Select we continued our way down the street, totally enthralled with the experience.  These trims were purchased from Tomato (Notion).  Aren't they lovely?  At about 700yen ($8.50au) a metre, I thought they were a bagain and am now quietly planning how to use them!

I can't remember the name of the shop, but these Echino fabrics cost 1680yen for 2metres - about $20au, a real bargain!

My final fabric purchase was actually at the Quilt Show.  I really loved all the fabrics on the Yuwa stand, but these three had to come home with me.  The top two are voile and the bottom a linen blend.  I have 1.5m of each, so these will be added to the stash until I decide what to do with them.

Have I convinced you that a trip to Japan is a must and certainly a trip to Nippori - a truly enjoyable experience.
Enough for now, but if you would like to see more about the Tokyo International Quilt Show 2012, I found this blog - Jan has attended the Quilt Show many times and I've really enjoyed all that she's written.  Be sure to check it out!

Regards, Bev


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