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Tomie Nagano

Tomie Nagano traveled extensively throughout Japan searching for antique kimonos and fabric, transforming these exquisite materials into intricately hand-sewn quilts.

Statement

"I travelled all around Japan for three years, visiting many antique markets to buy old kimonos and antique fabrics. Today I have pieces from more than 4,000 kimonos in my studio, most of which were made and used from about 1883 to 1950. Many of these have been worn by Japanese farmers.
I have transformed the bits and pieces into new works of art in the form of quilts that I have designed and sewn completely with my own hands. As my interests grew, I became more convinced of the importance of preserving the history of fabrics in Japan, and was hopeful that I could use my art to help tell the story of fabrics and educate future generations. In addition to preserving Japanese traditions, I have used the American pioneers log cabin pattern as respect for the hardships endured and the beautiful art created by the pioneer American women."

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Nagano recently had a touring exhibition of quilts entitled "Two Hearts in Harmony" in Australia and her work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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