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‘Shimura Fukumi: Nature and Inheritance to Next Generation’

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SHIGA

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Aug. 8-Sept. 23

Living National Treasure Fukumi Shimura, the senshoku dyeing expert and textile weaver, once said that she was “borrowing the true colors from plants and trees.” Known for using both rustic and vibrant colors created by mixing dyes sourced from plants, Shimura’s work not only highlights the inherent beauty of nature, but also stresses the importance of protecting the environment.

On show are roughly 60 of Shimura’s works, drawn mainly from the museum’s collection, including her latest pieces made with intention of teaching the next generation the artistry and skill behind kimono textiles.

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; 1740-1 Seta- Minamiogaya-cho, Otsu, Shiga. Seta Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 077-543-2111; www.shiga-kinbi.jp