Quilt Market Fall 2008: Japanese Fabric: Kokka

Kokka Booth

We’ll start this Quilt Market coverage with the Kokka booth. There was actually a complex of booths under the umbrella of Seven Islands (who I’m pretty sure doesn’t have a website yet), the U.S. distributor for Kokka, Echino, Sunfelt, Cosmo, Kiyohara, and other Japanese textile companies. Naturally I got sucked in, stayed forever, took a million pictures, and came back repeatedly, fearing I had missed something. Here are some new fabrics to look for in the coming months:

Kokka Folk

I adore this! It’s good to see that folk/Pennsylvania Dutch is here to stay for a while.

Kokka Cheater Print

Cheater print!

Kokka Fabric - Barkcloth?

This had a barkcloth-like texture — not as nice as vintage barkcloth, but I’m happy to see it.

Kokka Polka Dots

Two kinds of polka dots on one fabric. Kokka, polka. Fun to say!

Kokka Knit

Loved these knits. Most of the retailers I spoke to said that knits are a hard sell in the U.S. — they want to stock them but they just don’t move. So bust out your serger and get over your fears, people!

Lots more Kokka photos here. Which is your favorite?


  1. Nanette says:

    There are a few there I know I will be getting. I can’t wait!

  2. Diane says:

    Those knits! I want those knits!! I want to know where to find such wonderful knits that don’t look like, for instance, my grandmother’s knits! My serger is ready. No fear. I would love to move some of those knits…

    And hurray for the Dutches! Those are nice looking, too.

  3. Diane says:

    Ah Myrinda beat me to it! I have spent many hours drooling over their fabric. :)

  4. Cynthia says:

    I have the Kokka Cheater print @ my Etsy shop in 2 colorways. It’s super cute! I love that the squares are small, so you get a lot of the print in a small space so you can use it for a cute tote, or purse, or even smaller like a wallet. Each square is 2″ x 2″.

    Love it! For Sale now @ http://www.fabricworm.etsy.com

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