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Pat McGann –

May 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

…A striking 19th century Japanese futon cover offered by Los Angeles gallery Pat McGann. Check out their 1st Dibs sponsored website for additional textiles from Japan, Mexico, Africa and beyond.

Itchiku Kubota –

Apr 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment


I came across this article today announcing a current exhibition of Itchiku Kubota’s kimonos at the Canton Museum of Art (Canton Ohio), the second of two stops in a U.S. tour of his work. Kubota’s name is new to me, as well as his “yuzen” technique for textile painting. Click here for more images of his work and here for Wikipedia’s entry on him.

Above, a detail of a Kubota kimono.

Rowland Ricketts –

Jan 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

San Francisco’s annual Arts of Pacific Asia Show is coming up the first weekend in February. The three day event features eighty-seven Asian art and antiques dealers and will also host a special exhibit, “New Asian Textile Traditions”. Work by textile artist Roland Ricketts will be shown here — and by the looks of his website he’s reason enough to attend.

Wearing Propaganda –

Jan 24, 2008 | 1 Comment


The subject of my previous post reminded me of literature I received in the mail last Fall for a Bard Graduate Center exhibition titled, Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain and the United States 1931-1945. I didn’t make it to the show but the catalog is available for purchase on Amazon. The kimono above is featured on the book’s cover and is referenced within the mailing I received as “Woman’s haori, ‘The Thrill of Flight.’ Japan, late 1920’s-early 1930’s. Collection of Minoru Akemi and Atsushi Narita.”

Japanese Boro Textiles –

Nov 9, 2007 | 5 Comments

Finding out about Japanese “Boro” textiles earlier this year was an exciting eye-opener for me — one of those moments when you’re reminded how different cultures can be wordlessly connected through the shared use (or even independent development of) similar visual motifs and artistic techniques. (Although I know many scholarly types warn that any cross-cultural comparisons are fraught with “eye of the beholder”-type danger.) I was able to see the 2002 (?) Whitney exhibition of quilts developed by the Gee’s Bend community in Alabama and was really into it at the time, although I now have more mixed feelings about the Gee’s Bend phenomenon, in part from seeing a documentary about the “discovery” of the quilts — their acceptance into and elevation by white culture, etc. (I’d love to find a really good critically written article about the subject). But that’s another topic altogether! What I’m really getting to is that in the same way I like many of the Gee’s Bends quilts I also like Japanese Boro textiles and am interested by the similarities between some of them — although I can only guess it’s completely coincidental. Above top: a Boro textile from Kathleen Taylor’s collection here in San Francisco. Below, a quilt by Lucy Mooney featured in The Quilts of Gee’s Bend (Tinwood Books).