An Exhibition of Japanese Country Textiles is taking place in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, in Dublin from 8th October - 18th November 2009.
Until cotton became generally available in the Japanese countryside, most rural working clothing was made of bast fibres, such as nettle, hemp, and wisteria. Cotton rags - warmer and softer - were treasured by poor peasants, and they provided the raw material for both 'boro' and 'sakiori' fabrics.
This exhibition, a development of our recent 'boro' show, includes fine and beautiful examples of Japanese country textiles that date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They demonstrate that simple and frugal aesthetics can be just as satisfying as the pleasures of luxury and excess.
A new publication, including a text by Stephen Szczepanek, will accompany the exhibition.
GALLERY TALK: JAPANESE COUNTRY TEXTILES, DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY
On Wednesday 21 October 2009 at 1.15pm, Alice Roden will present a talk on weaving in Japan in association with the current exhibition 'Japanese Country Textiles' in Gallery 2 of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery
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