Japanese Sashiko Textiles


Date: Current – 24 January 2010
Venue: York Art Gallery

Japanese Sashiko Textiles, the first major museum exhibition of Japanese Sashiko textiles, are on display at York Art Gallery. The exhibition presents traditional and contemporary textiles and garments designed to decorate, and protect the wearer both physically and spiritually. This exhibition sets out a sense of time and place in which these works were created, paying special attention to the lives of the women who made and wore Sashiko, and the connotations of spiritual protection associated with Sashiko. More than 75 garments and related objects will be on display, with many being shown in the UK for the first time.
The show and subsequent national tour will present traditional and contemporary textiles and garments, designed to decorate and protect the wearer both physically and spiritually.
Entitled Japanese Sashiko Textiles, it sets out to present a sense of time and place in which these works were created. The exhibition has been selected by textile artist Michele Walker whose research has been facilitated by a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship.
It is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Arts Council Yorkshire, Japan Airlines, Renaissance Yorkshire, The Japan Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

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