Day two of my week with Chiso, where I visited a Kyo Yuzen resist craftsman, an Oke Shibori craftsman and a Shibori dye factory.
Following a whirlwind visit to Kawaguchi and Itchiku Kubota’s museum, I arrived in Kyoto ready to spend my week with craftsmen of Kyoto. One of the oldest and most revered kimono manufacturers in Japan’s history, Chiso was established in 1555 within Kyoto – the capital at that time. Chiso’s production manager, who guided me through each stage of the kimono making process, graciously hosted me.
From Tokyo I took several trains out to one of the five famed Mount Fuji lakes – Kawaguchi. The first evening I made my way up via a cable car to view Mount Fuji against a clear sunset sky, but I was there particularly to see the work of Kimono artist Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003).
Kata Kata is a design studio based in Tokyo, where the talented designers create playful bright textiles and are also skilled katazome practitioners.
Kajibaori - a firefighter’s protective garment from the Edo Period (19th Century).
Accompanied by Chiyumi Nogami
Part hosted by Mitsuyuki Tanaka of Chiffonez (acting agent to Furoshiki factory)
Kensuke Serizawa, writer for Great Gear on NHK World TV channel.
Based in the Fujisawa area of Tokyo
Furoshiki (pronounced fu-rosh-ki) is a cloth wrapping used to elegantly cover and carry anything. Traced beginnings in the 17th century this cloth is evident in many stores in Tokyo today, perhaps an indication of the unerring dedication to refined presentation.
A documentation of my visit to a family run screen print factory in the outer fringes of Tokyo
National Culture Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1868. The holiday’s particular purpose is promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour.
Through the impressive forest of Meiju Jingu shrine in the centre of Tokyo various events of traditional attractions and clothing were on display.
I am incredibly pleased to announce the start of my Travel Fellowship 2017. Funded by the incredibly supportive Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, I will be visiting Japan and Australia through November and December.
My particular aims of the trip include building knowledge and experience within specialist traditional textile tachniques. Natural resources and how they are positively used or reduced in use. Sustainable techniques and how these could be implemented in the UK. Finally, and overarching all the previous aims, the perceived value of textiles.
I will be updating my blog as much as possible over the next 6 weeks with visits and associated archive/museum references.
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