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 Post subject: My E-Gasuri Collection
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:02 am 
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Although I've posted messages here about Li textiles, what I really collect is Japanese picture kasuri. I invite you to look at my collection.
http://e-gasuri.com/
I'll be exhibiting them in the spring in Washington DC.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 8:34 pm 
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What a simply stunning collection! I have been attracted to kasuri since I saw my first piece. Something very satisfying about it as well as being technically very skillful. When I visit Japan I try to see as much as I can. You provide a wide range of different kasuri designs in your gallery - I like the way you have put it together to give the impact of the whole collection at once which gives a good idea of the breadth of design and function.

Please keep us posted on details of your up-coming exhibition in Washington.

Many thanks for sharing...

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Jeff- What an interesting collection! I'm woefully ignorant of Japanese textiles, but you've piqued my interest with your photos. Would you be so kind as to tell us more about this particular genre of textile?

Also, perhaps more of our members will be inspired to photograph their collections and share them... this is a wonderful resource.

thanks!

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Thanks so much for your kind comments.

E-gasuri or "picture kasuri" is a form of ikat made in Japan, usually on cotton but also on "asa" (hemp or a related bast). The pictures are always weft ikat. Some pieces have simple geometric warp ikat also.

It was used mainly for futon covers and also for yukatas (cotton kimonos) and jackets. It's considered a "folk textile".

Production probably started in the early 19th century, probably peaked in the 1920s, and today there are only a few craftsmen that continue to produce any kasuri at all (mainly geometric designs) in Japan.
(Kasuri Dye Works, before it went out of business, was still importing some newly-made e-gasuri from master craftsmen.)

Jeff


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 7:51 pm 
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I don't suppose that you are aware of any textile exhibits, especially of kasuri, likely to be on show at the end of this month/first week in Oct in Tokyo? I have a very busy visit and I don't suppose I can squeeze in an textile time between my business meetings but I am always keen to try! Seeing your wonderful collection has reawakened my interest just as I am focusing on last minute planning for my trip.

Many thanks,

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:46 pm 
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Pamela wrote:
I don't suppose that you are aware of any textile exhibits, especially of kasuri, likely to be on show at the end of this month/first week in Oct in Tokyo? I have a very busy visit and I don't suppose I can squeeze in an textile time between my business meetings but I am always keen to try! Seeing your wonderful collection has reawakened my interest just as I am focusing on last minute planning for my trip.


No, I sure don't. If I were you, I go to museums, particularly the National Museum http://www.tnm.go.jp/en/servlet/Con?pag ... ocessId=00
and the Mingei Museum http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/mingeikan.html


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Today (Sunday) I have been in Japan and working in an exhibition (not textile related) in the International Forum in Tokyo. When we arrived at the Forum, outside were so many stalls selling antiques with lots and lots of textiles. I believe that this happens quite frequently. It should have been running last Sunday but I gather that it poured with rain so did not take place as it is in the open air. There seemed to be stall holders from outside Tokyo as well as those in the city. I had about 40 minutes to enjoy what was on display. There were various levels of quality and one stall with some fantastic pieces - very, very 'fully' priced but such a joy to be able to see and to handle as normally they might have been in a museum.

I found it very, very hard to tear myself away and only wish that I had known that the event was to happen as I would have come earlier. As the first 90 minutes of the exhibition was very slow in starting I should have spent the time enjoying the textiles - but, unfortunately I did not. (Perhaps fortunately for my bank balance!) I gather that the event finished at 3.30 in the afternoon.

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Sounds like a temple market. Larger temples have them once a month. I've been to markets in Kyoto, but not Tokyo. Lots of textiles.


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