As you can see we have a fresh and exciting new web site, its functions will come on line over the next few days.
Our old site got hacked and stopped working. So we have built a new and exciting site.
As well there are some new features including a forum area where you can share ideas with us and with each other.
We are building an events calendar (classes and shows) and a few other special things.
Please browse and explore, all our existing customers will receive an invitation to join the site and newcomers will be welcomed.
Enjoy the site and keep coming back.
Than you for your support and encouragment.
Lorna and the Klema Team.
Bunka shishu (????), in English often shortened to "bunka"; is a form of Japanese embroidery originating around the turn of the 20th century. Bunka artists use a specialized embroidery needle and rayon threads to create very detailed pictures that some liken to oil paintings. Typical subjects include people, living things (traditionally fish), and traditional Japanese scenes.
Bunka is considered a form of punchneedle technique, and the rayon threads used are woven in a chainette format, which, when opened, gives a boucle texture to the yarn. Unlike other embroidery techniques, however, bunka is worked from the front of the fabric rather than the back.
Unlike some other forms of embroidery, bunka is fragile and is usually presented as artwork rather than as clothing adornment. Bunka has gained in popularity since the advent of numbered kits, which provide a step-by-step guide to producing artwork.
What is Bunka Punch Embroidery?
The word ‘Bunka’ means culture in Japanese. Bunka Punch Embroidery had its origin in Japan in the 1930’s with its intended principles borrowed from the European form of Punch Embroidery (now more commonly known as ‘Russian’ or 'European' embroidery – with many companies putting their own spin on it.) It differs from other forms of embroidery, with the project being worked from the front of the fabric rather than from behind. So the work can be seen at all times and you are not working "blind".