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Bolts: Fabric & Fun

  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Manoa Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor (Makai Side) 2454 South Beretania Street Honolulu, HI, 96826 United States (map)

12th Annual Fundraiser for Temari Hawaii

For the novice crafter or serious textile addict! Discover unique treasures from local merchants and makers! Vintage textiles, yarns, buttons, sewing notions, beads, tribal jewelry, talismans, tied-up Fat Quarters. Mounds of kimono, obi, haori, saki-ori. ‘Ohe kapala (bamboo-stamped) clothing. Refashioned aloha shirts and muumuus. Rolls of yukata cotton, and piles of boro (Japanese indigo “rags”).

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
Manoa Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor (Makai Side)
Free Admission

8:00 am - 9:00 am          Temari/JCCH members only (Complimentary Coffee & Pastries)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm          Open to general public

Enjoy ono Marian’s Catering kaukau throughout the festival. The JCCH Gift Shop also will be open. Spend $10 or more in the JCCH Gift Shop for complimentary parking!

In the patio

Our non-profit partner, Moiliili Community Center (MCC) will offer items made by Senior Center members using donated kimono, obi and fabrics. Carol Nagano, lead volunteer teacher, has organized demonstrations of rag rug weaving, kumihimo, Japanese plaiting with silk threads, and creative upcycling of paper and plastic into decorative objects.

Textile Talk Stories

10:00 am    “Sashiko Remakes” (photo)
June Hirano, Sashiko instructor

Have needle and thread? You can make anything!
Cheap blouse + yukata pieces + sashiko = New gorgeous top!
Or stained noren (split curtain) + sashiko = New jacket!

11:00 am    “Picture Bride Stories” (photo from Hawaii Japanese Center site)
Barbara Kawakami

In the early 1900s more than 20,000 Japanese women came to Hawaii to marry a man they had only seen in a photograph. What did they wear on that transpacific voyage? What fabrics did they bring? How did they repurpose those precious pieces to organize their homes, clothe their families, or work in the plantation fields?

Kawakami’s book was awarded the 2016-2017 Award for Adult Non-Fiction by the Asian-American Librarians Association. Nonagenarian Kawakami’s own story is even more inspiring. She will autograph her books following this Talk Story. 

12:00 pm          “Identifying Japanese Textiles”
Ann Asakura, Executive Director, Temari

Feel, smell, burn textile samples. We’ll explore the basics to identifying fibers so that you can care for fabrics properly. Bring a piece from your textile collection that you want identified.

Earlier Event: November 6
35th Annual Trash & Treasure