The textile arts of a country can reveal so much about its culture and society. The exchanges of materials, the flow of ideas and advances in technology all help us to understand more about the social and economic changes within history.
Over time, the Japanese mastery of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques has created a rich and assorted array of decorated textiles.
This exhibition at the Embassy of Japan explores the influence of Japanese textiles in the UK today through the work of eight prominent textile artists.
Kinoshita SeikoTextile-based installations
"Positive concepts derived from everyday life and nature influence my work. Nature has always inspired me. Its form, colour ...
Rob JonesShibori textile designer, natural dyer
Specialising in Japanese textiles crafts – shibori resist work, katagami stencilling, sashiko and kogin embroidery and ...
Takadoi KazuhitoFloral and natural materials
Inspired by the rich woodland surrounding his birthplace of Nagoya, Japan, Kazuhito grows and hand picks grasses, leaves and twigs ...
Janice GunnerStitched textiles, shibori dyeing, quilting
Working predominantly with hand dyed fabrics, Janice designs and makes art textiles. She is influenced by her ...
Ross BeltonNatural dyes, fabrics and found objects
The idea of 'place' as a concept is key to the work of Ross Belton and his practice. His work responds directly ...
Jacqui CareyKumihimo braiding
Although Jacqui's work stems from the traditional, it is the creative possibilities that inspire most of ...
Erna JanineSaori weaving
In saori weaving, no two items are the same, every cloth is an expression of the individual who made it ...
Caroline Hyde-BrownEmbroidery & stitching
Through a process of uncovering and layering influences Caroline's practice attempts to create a space for ...
Fibres & Fabrics
Trees and herbaceous plants were the most common sources for fibres in prehistoric Japan. Wild-growing trees such as fuji (wisteria), shina...
The three main weaving structures are hira-ori, aya-ori and shusu-ori. Hira-ori (plain weave), is the simplest and most...
While simple dyeing techniques in Japan date back to early history, textiles for the noble classes were generally patterned using weaving...
Embroidery & Stitching
As far back as prehistoric Japan, fishbone needles were used for basic stitching. The arrival of Buddhism in Japan in the 6th century was the catalyst...
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