Reflections of the Exotic East | Japan

Circa 1880-1900
Possibly made in Ohio
IQSCM 1997.007.0399, Ardis and Robert James Collection

The undulating curves of this complex pieced quilt are remarkably similar to the Japanese “ocean waves” pattern, which features staggered semicircles. Adding to its Japanese appearance is its indigo and white color scheme, a common color combination in Japanese textiles and ceramics.

Style and Construction Note: Each sunrise in this quilt serves as its own hand-pieced curvilinear block. From a distance the radiating indigo and white points appear to be equal in number from block to block; however, they actually range in number from 28 to 42.