At the 'quilten speciaal' course we had to make a Kesa. A Kesa is a large shawl (?). In ancient times in Japan, Buddhist people wore one. Yesterday I saw a newspaper picture of Chinese monks and they wore one too.
A Kesa surrounds you. It is a mandala with yourself in the centre of it. There is a traditional way to design one, the more columns in your Kesa for instance the more important you are (the emperor has got 25 columns) and even there is a 'formula'about measures. That is because not every one has the same length. A Kesa has to be sown by hand.
on top painted polyester voile
I made a small Kesa 50x65 cm.
Traditionaly the columns have to be sown by hand. I used bondaweb (...). On top of the Kesa I used a few stitches to show that these stitches are the proper ones to sew the piece together, only I used it for embroidery.
A few details of the piece:
and the back!