About Us

The United Bunka Association is a place for needlework enthusiasts to come together and share their common interests

The United Bunka Association is dedicated to providing quality resources so that members can grow. Growing involves not only focusing on Bunka but also personal skills and creating bonds with other members. Through this joint force of collaboration and sense of community, members can mentor and share with each other their experiences and motivate each other to learn. Through showing encouragement for other members it is the UBA’s hope that every person will strive to reach for their Masters Certification. The circle of achievement and motivation is essential in this community because it is expected that all members will pass their knowledge forward to others and help them through their own journey. By providing leadership opportunities that help develop members skills in areas that they want to target the UBA is working towards it mission of helping each member grow as a person and as a Bunka enthusiast. The UBA strives to organize initiatives to help support the learning of new skills. The Mission of the UBA is also that of friendship, both in connecting with members and having them connect with each other.

The United Bunka Association (UBA), in association of Japanese Bunka and fibre arts enthusiasts. The association is a “not for profit” association designed to promote, teach, and enjoy the art of Japanese Bunka Embroidery.
The United Bunka Association is made up of members in many areas of the United States of America, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia.

What is Japanese Bunka?
Japanese Bunka is a form of Japanese Cultural Embroidery using a punch needle and synthetic rayon thread. The thread is of a stretchy nature such that it stays in without knotting when punched through a tightly woven fabric.
You then match the numbered colored thread with the numbered space on the fabric to create a beautiful picture, although you must still look at the colored picture, the numbers help with color placement but cannot indicate fine detail.
Lessons are recommended for everyone and there are videos and The Handbook of Bunka available for those who do not have access to a teacher. Learning by taking the Three Level Course will help you learn the various stitches that can be used to embellish your Bunka picture.