Amami Oshima is an island in the Ryūkyū archipelago, southern Japan. It is renowned for Oshima tsumugi, a kimono cloth dyed by dorozome (mud-dyeing), an ancient technique that gives a unique black colour to textiles. The dyeing workshop KANAI KOUGEI specializes in dorozome for Oshima tsumugi. Alongside their own products dyed using plant materials sourced from Amami’s unique natural environment, KANAI KOUGEI also dye fashion and interior objects for international contemporary designers. This is a rare opportunity to see the process of Dorozome by Japanese practitioners using actual materials from Amami Oshima in the UK.
This talk and workshop are initiated by designer and anthropologist Charlotte Linton, University of Oxford, who has invited Yukihito Kanai (vice-president/dyer) and Akiyo Shidama (maker/dyer) from KANAI KOUGEI to present with her a lecture about Amamian traditional textiles.Following the talk, there will be a tour of the Dye Garden with Wesley Shaw, the Head of Horticulture at the Horniman Museum.
In addition, a small number of participants will be able to dye a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) using dorozome materials brought from Amami. Due to limited materials and supervision, the workshop numbers are necessarily small. Lecture attendees are welcome to stay and watch the workshop.
Please note that this event is only suitable for children over 16.
Free – booking essential
Priority booking for Japan Society members and their guests Booking opens to non-members from Thursday 30 May
Places are limited and early booking is recommended
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Booking deadline: Thursday 6 June 2019 (Workshop), Thursday 13 June 2019 (Talk) When booking, please specify if you would like to observe or participate in the workshop. Places are limited and the participants for the workshop will be selected by a ballot. Those who are selected will be contacted on Friday 7 June.
To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email email@example.com or submit the online booking form.