Communication Through Abstractions Exhibition

Japanese E-gasuri Textiles

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Join us for an opening lecture on Monday, September 17th at 6:30pm with Ms. Ann Marie Moeller, a Japanese textile scholar and curator, and Dr. Jeff Krauss, a collector of Japanese textiles.

From September 10th through October 12th, the JICC will present a special exhibition Communication through Abstractions: Japanese E-gasuri Textiles.

E-gasuri is a Japanese textile produced from a resist-dyeing technique which was wide spread in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Before the fabric was woven, the e-gasuri artisans bundled together the threads, portions of which were covered with dye-resistant materials. When the fabric was woven, the dyed and undyed portions of the threads created a specific pattern, resulting in a striking image with blurred outlines. These blurred outlines were a valued part of the e-gasuri aesthetic. Certain artisans further abstracted their subjects, distilling them into very simple forms.

This exhibit explores how e-gasuri artisans communicated wishes for longevity and happiness with highly abstracted images. The two dozen textiles from Japan on display include futon (bedding) covers, single panels from futon covers, and kimono. Old e-gasuri is increasingly difficult to find today in Japan. The exhibit provides a unique opportunity to examine rare, hand woven textiles produced with great skill and labor intensive methods, which were decorated with symbolism and artistic inspiration.

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