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International Quilt Study Center & Museum: Japanese Indigo Dyeing

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) in Lincoln, Nebraska, is partnering with American Patchwork & Quilting to share information on quilting traditions from around the world.


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Indigo-Dyed Art Quilt

The mid-1980s art quilt by Japanese designer Shizuko Kuroha is another example of indigo dyeing. The quilt, named The Poem of Indigo, was constructed from 168 different fabrics, including remnants of vintage indigo-dyed yukatas (causal summer kimonos). Kuroha added strips Log Cabin-style around octagons to showcase designs from the fabrics.

Photo courtesy of International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.007.1092.