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'Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France'

THE BUNKAMURA MUSEUM OF ART

by Megan Green

Staff Writer

June 14-July 31

The French term “toile de jouy” translates as the “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas,” a chintz-producing town in the south-west suburbs of Paris, and it refers to a specific style of textile that was used for both clothing and furnishings. These monochromatic printed textiles were originally created in the 18th century by Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, a French naturalized German industrialist in Jouy-en-Josas. They were famous for their illustrations of rustic scenes of country life, though other floral versions also existed.

This is the first time an exhibition specifically on Toile de Jouy has been held in Japan, and it includes exhibits that trace the textile’s origins to medieval tapestries and Indian cottons. Several French brands, including bakery chain Paul and Nina’s tea room, have also collaborated with the exhibition for limited-edition special offers.

The Bunkamura Museum of Art; 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Shibuya Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 9 p.m.). ¥1,400. 03-5777-8600; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english