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Curator Gallery Talk Series - A Lost Art Revived: Tsujigahana Past and Present

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12 pm
Location: Museum of Art

Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins, Guest Curator

$7.50 MWPAI members; $22 general public

(includes Kimono! admission)

Translated literally as “flowers at the crossroads,” tsujigahana refers to a sophisticated stitched-and tied-resist dyeing technique that appeared in the 16th century. This complicated and labor-intensive decorative process was a way of creating magnificent visual imagery and resulted in fabrics that were exceptionally beautiful, expensive, and highly revered. Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins will introduce the history of this design technique and expand on its development and subsequent mysterious disappearance around 100 years after its inception. Dr. Atkins will also discuss Itchiku tsujigahana, a rejuvenated contemporary version of this ancient art created by kimono artist Itchiku Kubota as he sought to replicate traditional tsujigahana’s elusive beauty.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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