Virginia Reisner
"Alice"

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(Photos by Bill Crofton)

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I first met Alice when she joined the class that I was teaching for volunteers at a local museum. It didn’t take long to find out that Alice had a very inquisitive nature. She loved to ask “why” or “how” about anything and everything. While volunteering at the museum, she would frequently call me at home with questions or with various pieces of information she had learned from visitors.

One day she handed me a package and said “I want you to have this.” The package contained several yards of blue/white raw silk fabric. As I was opening it, Alice explained that her husband had been a career military man and had bought this for her while in Japan.

I thanked her and offered to make something for her. She refused stating that I should make something for myself.

Shortly thereafter, Alice died suddenly. The package with the fabric ended up in my closet, all but forgotten.

When this project came up, I remembered Alice and the fabric. It would be perfect for a kimono.

The kimono is embroidered in a traditional sashiko design and trimmed in a kumihimo braid with small seed beads.

This, then, is my tribute to Alice.

 

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