Hanamayu: An Exhibition of Silk Cocoon Flowers Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

For centuries silk has occupied a special place in Japan’s history, economy and culture. This tradition and appreciation is at the heart of artist Tomiko Sakai’s work.

A native of Nagoya, Japan, she has been creating beautifully delicate flowers, or hana, from silk cocoons, or mayu, completely by hand for over 20 years.

Using only the highest quality Japanese silk cocoons from Gunma prefecture, one of the few places left in Japan where silk is still being harvested, her hanamayu creations celebrate each of the four seasons, expressing the Japanese ideal of harmony with nature.

Many of the works that will be on display were most recently showcased at the Shanghai World Exposition in June 2010 in both the Japan pavilion and the reception hall.

The works were created to honor the spirit of cultural exchange that dates back to the days of the Silk Road—the dawn of exchange between the East and the West.

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