When the AQS show comes to Des Moines it brings along a beautiful quilt display of quilts juried in, in various categories. There are ribbons and cash prizes awarded in this part of the show, but it also brings some very unique quilt exhibits. This year one of them was the Caohagan Quilts.
These are one of a kind quilts and so fun to study and enjoy. The women who make them are not restrained by all the past quilt history us Americans are. They have complete freedom of expression.
The quilts come from one island in the Philippines, Caohagan. They are all for sale and make up for 1/3 of the islands income.
In 1996, Junko Saklyama began teaching the art of quilting on the island. Today 120 island people make quilts as a job.
For more information and opportunity to purchase a quilt look at http://www.caohagan.com/store/