Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

Feb 11, 2017

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

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A little north of the massive Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, a slew of scattered residential settlements and visitor sites are pincered between the Torii Station Army Base and an ammunition storage facility situated in Yomitan, a region of the southern mainland, where a ...

'Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France'

/ Jun 7, 2016

'Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France'

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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 ...

'Marimekko: Design, Fabric, Lifestyle'

/ Apr 12, 2016

'Marimekko: Design, Fabric, Lifestyle'

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April 23-July 11 Founded in 1951, the popular Finnish textile and clothing company Marimekko is well known for its bold colors and organic, vibrant designs, in particular its "Unikko" poppy print by Maija Isola. This exhibition, which first ran at The Museum of Art, Kochi, ...

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

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Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura's (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to ...

'Shimura Fukumi'

/ Feb 2, 2016

'Shimura Fukumi'

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Feb. 2-March 21 Living National Treasure Fukumi Shimura is a master of senshoku dyeing and weaving, who brings kimono to life with colorful designs using only natural dyes derived from plants. In 2014 she was awarded the 30th Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and ...

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

Dec 8, 2015

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

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A dazzling show of 100 detailed replicas of historical women's garments, "Kimono: From the Kofun to the Edo Period" at the Kobe Fashion Museum takes us back in time in two ways. The first way is obvious. The time span of the costumes on display, ...

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

/ Apr 14, 2015

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

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April 18-June 28 From designs on Rococo-era men's gowns of 18th-century Europe to the elaborate decoration of French haute-couture dresses of the early 20th century, the eclectic uses and styles of embroidery from around the globe have been brought together at the Kobe Fashion Museum. Decorative ...