Fall Quilt Market 2009: Kokka

Again, there is so much to show you from Japanese fabric company Kokka that I’m going to break it up into a few posts: Echino and Nani Iro will get their own. (The Nani Iro post will include a giveaway courtesy Matatabi Japanese Fabric, so stay tuned!)

First up. Being the mother of a young boy, these prints grabbed me immediately. Though I always complain about all boy prints being either vehicle, sport, or tool themed, I wouldn’t mind it so much if they all were as cool as this I wouldn’t mind so much. These fabrics can truly grow with your child, from cradle to … middle school maybe?






Kokka had the best selection of boy-leaning prints I’ve probably every seen, actually. Here are some more.



A coordinating collection of prints all on one fabric. Here is a car version.


Not Lego print (not its official name!) previously featured on Japanese Fabric of the Week.

I’m also swooning over the floral and folky offerings. Some are from their Trefle line, others aren’t (didn’t get full identifying info on all of them, sorry! That’s what happens when you’re swooning).






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Not only are those cross-stitch linen prints fantastic on their own, they are double-sided fabric – the cross-stitch print on one side and the polka dot on the other. Isn’t that cool? I have no idea how it’s done. Leave it to the Japanese.

And finally, a couple cute character prints.




As we learned in the Japanese Fabric of the Week post in which another Eau de Mer print was featured, the text translates to “Starry Sky. Seawater”.

I love you, Kokka. There. I said it.

Can’t get enough? There is more on Flickr.


  1. Jen says:

    i love all of them

  2. Alissa says:

    Love. Love. Love.

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  4. Becky says:

    Wow Kim, I wish my little boy was still little! (Mine will be 25 on Monday!)

    Those prints are fabulous!!

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Kim,
    I just had to drop by to say WOW! Those double-sided fabrics are astounding. I see a future here. What about designing how these two sides blend together when the fabric, as a curtain or screen, receives light from one side?

    I’m enjoying so much your reports. Thanks.

  6. Melanie says:

    Oh Kokka… you hold such a special place in my heart too.

  7. Amber says:

    Just got some of that “Not Lego print” in the mail – it’s so cute!

  8. del4yo says:

    another translation would be
    Seawater- A sky spread with stars.

    I love fabrics with French quote. The quotes always look a bit “translated” , it’s darling and poetical.

    I’m falling for the Alice print. I want a dress out of it, with polka dots accents.

  9. Oh. My. GOD! The Alice in Wonderland fabric just gave me a shiver.

  10. Susan says:

    LOve the boy stuff! And the little piggies? Killer.

  11. Feed Dog says:

    Must. Have. Tram. Fabric.

  12. leslie says:

    i cannot wait to have the alice in wonderland.

  13. Kate says:

    I just stumbled upon this post — do you know when they will be releasing the tram fabric? I’m thinking about holding out on a project for my son until this is available!