|Bingata style print on fabric of banana leaves in Okinawa.|
The bingata technique is originally from Okinawa. Serizawa Keitsuke was born in Shizuoka in 1895 to a family where his father was a draper (merchant selling cloth primarily made into clothing or as piece goods) . He went to Tokyo to study design, and returning to Shizuoka, he married into the Serizawa family (his wife was Serizawa Tayo and so took her family name). He studied with Yanagi Muneyoshi, the leader of the crafts revival movement in Japan at that time. Serizawa decided to become a dyeing artist because of his studies with his teacher and his love of the Okinawan bingata technique. He visited Okinawa several times after 1939 to study bingata. He improved bingata and other dyeing techniques using a stencil paper he developed, calling the new technique "Katazome." He won world-wide acclaim for his work, finally achieving credit for his abilities in Europe with an exhibit in Paris in 1976. By 1956 he was designated as a "Living National Treasure" by Emperor Hirohito. Serizawa died in 1984 at the age of 88. His huge collection of work was transferred from his house, next to the museum, to the current display of almost 800 works from the 4500 in the collection. It's a rotating exhibit changed three times a year.
The bingata style is explained in a later post when Akiko and I visit Serizawa's student and assistant, Yamauchi-sensei, tomorrow.
|Yayoi village from 2000 years ago was unearthed in|
Shizuoka city a number of years ago. Re-created on
site, it radically compares to the current local buildings
and electrical lines of modern life in Japan.
|Inside the learning center, a village is recreated so|
that school children can learn about their
history. The thatched roof building is a
storehouse for grain and other food.
They also grew rice and flax. The linen fibers were woven on a continuous warp backstrap loom.
|Loom beaters and equipment.|
|Yayoi ceremonial building where villages would assemble.|