What is Bunka? aka: Japanese Bunka Shishu or Bunka Punch Embroidery
Bunka punch embroidery is a century old craft that crossed over to North America about 60 years ago. It originated in Japan when rayon thread was invented. At the end of the 2nd World War, an American G.I. returned home from duty with his new Japanese bride. She brought with her, a love and passion for Bunka. It was taught on and around all the Army bases that the couple lived at. Call it the “snowball effect” but that is how someone learned it and then taught it to the next Bunka enthusiast. It is still a word of mouth craft that you won’t find being demonstrated in your local department stores craft section. Small clusters of individuals have expanded this craft to where it is today.