**Soft opening, March 25. Grand opening, March 29**
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, DC, is proud to present “Indigo Threads / 藍 • つむぐ: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage,” an exhibition exploring the rich history of indigo dyed fabric and garments in Japan, including the current hype on Japanese denim and jeans. While the United States is undisputedly known to be the birthplace of blue jeans, traditional Japanese craftsmanship has helped resurrect the classical American blue jean in extraordinary ways in recent history. Visitors are invited to explore the question, “Why Japan?” through the eyes of the historian, manufacturer, marketer, consumer, and more.
This three-month exhibition will also include a series of lectures, films, and workshops, held in collaboration with Kurashiki City.
"Indigo Threads” is the headliner exhibition of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the strong and enduring friendship between Japan and the United States, and the gift of 3,000 cherry trees given by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington, DC in 1912.
This exhibition is cosponsored by Kurashiki City - dubbed the “Holy Land of Japanese Jeans.” Display items are contributed by Kurashiki City, Ann Marie Moeller, Gordon Heffner of Blue in Green, Aya Yano, and Rowland and Chinami Ricketts. Portions of the texts were contributed by Ann Marie Moeller, Ranshu Yano, and Yukiko Koide. The narrative of the recent rise of Japanese jeans in this exhibition uses as its foundation W. David Marx’s Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, which book reads as an anthropological and historical journey, and explores and explains the major events in Japanese garment history. Special thanks to the chairman of Kaihara Denim, Yoshiharu Kaihara for granting us an interview.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from March 25 through June 28 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on April 19 in observance of Good Friday, May 1 in observance of The Day of the Enthronement of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, and May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.