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Saturday University: A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles

Apr 21 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

An amazing spectrum of textile arts originated in Asia, the source of many weaving and dyeing techniques. Cotton and silk textiles, especially from India and China, have been major export trade items for a couple of millennia. Now textile manufacturing, textile arts, and fashion from Asia are shared globally in new ways. Become familiar with the textures of textiles, past and present, from trade to technique and design to labor.

Lectures are at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium.
There is no lecture on May 5.

A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles
Shoji Yamamura, artist

Shoji Yamamura is one of the few textiles artists in Japan who create double ikat cottons, known as Kurume-kasuri. Hear from the artist himself how his family has created both traditional and new designs for four generations.

About the Presenter

Textile artist Shoji Yamamura grew up in a household surrounded by the fragrance of natural indigo dyes. There he learned the intricate art of dyeing tied threads, and weaving them to produce distinctive ikat patterns. His family has been creating textiles in this tradition for several generations, known in Japan as kasuri. Their work is known more specifically as Kurume-kasuri, named for their town of Kurume, in Fukuoka Prefecture (southwestern Japan).

Yamamura is an innovator in his art, in using many gradations of color and new ways of using natural dyes. In 1996, he was named a successor to the Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Kurume-Kasuri. His work has been exhibited widely in Japan, as well as in Washington DC and New York.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company.


MAR 31

India's Global Textile Trade


Textiles of Southwest China: Artistry and Social Meaning

APR 14

Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak

APR 21

A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles

APR 28

Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China

MAY 12

From Factory to Fashion Blogs


206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public January 30.
Full series tickets: $65; SAM members $35
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Photo: courtesy of Shoji Yamamura