The Hibiscus Chapter of ABEA recently lost a beloved member. This Kabuta Warrier was the last picture completed by Marjorie Vonderembse. Marge was an accomplished stitcher and extraordinary Certified Instructor, dedicated to preserving the art of Bunka Shishu.
Her presence is sorely missed.
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.