National Jul 24, 2014

Nixon blamed Prime Minister Sato for textile talks breakdown in '71

U.S. President Richard Nixon sent a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Eisaku Sato in spring 1971 expressing frustration over bilateral textile talks, according to a Japanese diplomatic document declassified Thursday. In the letter dated March 12, 1971, Nixon said when the leaders met in ...

National Jun 16, 2014

Kyoto textile maker to increase classes for foreigners

by Kazuaki Nagata

A leading artisan textile maker that offers training courses in English is expanding its classes to meet demand from students overseas. Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co. said Monday the planned new session would complement the two it already holds annually for foreigners and will likely begin ...

The future of fabrics woven with the past

Art Feb 21, 2013

The future of fabrics woven with the past

by Mio Yamada

The textile work of Junichi Arai is renowned for its complexity and innovation. Often three-dimensional in nature, his fabrics appear as undulating landscapes of puckering, crumpling, puffs, pleats and protruding felted yarns. Many of them glimmer with metallic or translucent sheens, some seem understated ...