Annual Bunka Exhibit moved to

Sun City Center


On February 15,2017, the annual Bunka Exhibit was held in the Florida Room of the Atrium building in Sun City Center.  There were over 70 pictures displayed and more than 100 visitors signed the guest book.

Refreshments were served and several stitchers, including our teacher Joan Wetzel, demonstrated the art of Bunka Shishu.

If you missed this event, please check out the Slide Show above to view the displayed artwork.


Bunka Shishu 

Japanese Cultural Embroidery

Bunka Shishu is an art form that has been in existence in one form or another since the 11th century.  Originating in Russia, it spread to China, and then more than 900 years ago it became popular among the ladies of the Japanese Imperial Court.

In its present form, Bunka Shishu was started in Tokyo, Japan about 75 years ago.

Bunka Shishu translates to “painting with thread and needles” and a finished picture often resembles a finely detailed oil painting.  Only a closer look reveals the beautiful art of the stitchery.  The thread provides the texture and colors and the workmanship provides the depth of the overall picture.

Because each piece reflects the artist’s individual shading and blending of colors, along with her (or his) unique handiwork, no two pictures can ever look exactly alike.