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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

4.11.2012

Gallery Guide

[Gauze with karabana (stylized flower) pattern, Japan, Kyoto, 20th-century reproduction of 8th century original. Silk; ra (complex gauze). Photo by Kateigaho International. Part of Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop.]

The other day I linked to The Textile Museum's current exhibition, Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop, but neglected to point out the companion gallery guide. It's free, available online in digital format, and includes 24 well-illustrated pages. Text on the 500-year-old Tawaraya Workshop (it has been run by the same family for 18 generations) is fascinating. Plus, at the back, there's an overview of the Museum's Japanese-related spring/summer programs. One in particular caught my attention:

Sharon S. Takeda, LACMA's Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles, is scheduled to visit The Textile Museum on Thursday, May 10 to present Ai: The Japanese Love of Indigo, a look at the enduring appeal of Japanese indigo-dyed textiles. Tickets cost $25 for non-members and advance registration is required.

1 comment:

Emile de Bruijn said...

The history of these karabana designs is fascinating. They go back to Chinese designs (karabana meaning 'Chinese flowers') which over time were assmilated into the Japanese aesthetic. An interesting example of the appropriation and adaptation of motifs and styles.