Tsutsugaki: Indigo Textiles From Japan

We’ve just discovered a great, indigo-inspired exhibition to attend if you’re in Paris. The National Museum of Asian Arts Guimet dedicates its current show to the little-known but sensational art of Tsutsugaki, showing approximately 30 textiles examples, presenting them for the first time outside of Japan.

Japanese textiles have been a hot topic in denim over the past few season’s with designers across the board looking to antique craft techniques like boro patchworking, sashiko stitch techniques as well as traditional print and indigo dye methods.

Japanese aficionados will be excited to discover that the Musee Guimet in Paris has opened an exhibition featuring the little known Japanese folk art of Tsutsugaki. Tsutsugaki is a resist dye technique which uses a rice paste glue for the resists. Inside the exhibition (running July 10 through October 7, 2013) visitors will find a plethora of examples of this ancient craft ranging from decorated hangings, covers and clothes, most of which are being shown for the first time outside of Japan. This dying technique was most popular in the late Edo period between the early 1600s and the mid-1800s.  Families would commission these textiles to commemorate important events such as births and marriages.

For more information on the show head over to the Musee Guimet website where you can read more about the artworks on display as well as special events and guided tours.

Tsutsugaki: Indigo Textiles of Japan (July 10 – October 7, 2013)

Exhibition ticket: € 8

The museum is open every day except Tuesdays from 10am to 6pm.

6, place d’Iena, 75116 Paris



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