Event: A Lost Art Revived – Tsujigahana, Itchiku Tsujigahana and Itchiku Kubota

Japan Foundation - A Lost Art Revived

Event date: Wednesday 15 May 2015, 6.30pm

Translated literally as ‘flowers at the crossroads’, tsujigahana refers to a sophisticated stitched and tied-resist dyeing technique that was especially popular from the late Muromachi (1338–1573) to the early Edo (1603–1868) period. This complicated and time-consuming decorative process was a way of creating magnificent visual imagery and resulted in fabrics that were exceptionally beautiful, very expensive and highly revered.

In this illustrated talk, Dr Jacqueline M. Atkins will introduce the history of this very special design technique and expand on its development and subsequent mysterious disappearance around a hundred years after its inception. Dr Atkins’ discussion of Itchiku Tsujigahana, a rejuvenated contemporary version of this ancient art created by kimono artist Itchiku Kubota as he sought to replicate the technique’s elusive beauty, will also focus on Kubota’s documented style and reflect on how his methods encouraged an evolution in the traditional tsujigahana processes for application in the 20th century.

The talk will take place at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT.

For more information, visit the website of the Japan Foundation. This talk is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve a place, email event@jpf.org.uk with your name and the title of the event.

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