Video: Textiles of Japan with Thomas Murray


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I’ve mentioned Thomas Murray in several previous blogs. He is a well-respected researcher, collector, dealer and author of several books, the latest being Textiles of Japan: The Thomas Murray Collection.

Fireman’s parade leather coat (kawabaori) with Ōhisa family crest, 19th century, deerskin; smoked resist. © Minneapolis Institute of Art


On 12 September he gave an online talk as part of the regular Rug and Textile Appreciation sessions hosted by the Textile Museum.

“The talk will cover daily dress, work-wear, and festival garb, and follows the Arts and Crafts philosophy of the Mingei Movement. Murray will present subtly patterned cotton fabrics – often indigo dyed from the main islands of Honshu and Kyushu – along with garments from the more remote islands: the graphic bark cloth, nettle fiber, and fish skin robes of the aboriginal Ainu in Hokkaido and Sakhalin in the north, and the brilliantly colored cotton kimonos of Okinawa to the far south.” Museum website.

The talk was recorded and is now available to view. It’s long – almost two hours – but set at a leisurely pace. Why not settle down in a comfortable chair with a cup of coffee and enjoy learning more about these fascinating textiles?









2 thoughts on “Video: Textiles of Japan with Thomas Murray

  1. Hi Felicity. It seems to be a software issue – or me not understanding how WordPress work! Your email should have the title of the new blog in blue letters above the OATG banner. Click on that title and it will take you to our WordPress website. The link shows up at the end of the blog on there. It showed when I previewed the blog, but for some reason it doesn’t show up in the email version of it….. Do get back to me if you have any more issues. Sue.

  2. Hello Sue. This lecture on Japanese textiles sounds very interesting but – sorry to say – I couldn’t find a link. I expect I have been looking in the wrong place! I would be very grateful if you could help. Many thanks. Felicity

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