Learn how to make your own washable pleated face covering from tenugui (simply woven cotton Japanese hand towels) in this live online event led by Takahashi Hiroko, contemporary textile artist and founder of design brand HIROCOLEDGE.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Takahashi has made a range of face coverings from tenugui helping wearers reduce the risk of spreading the virus. These reusable and washable face garments dyed with Takahashi’s signature bold geometric patterns, save on the cost and waste that more common disposable face masks would usually incur, while also transforming face coverings into fashionable accessories.
This event accompanies the downloadable worksheet ‘Make a HIROCOLEDGE Tenugui Face Covering in 7 Steps’. While following the live instructions from Takahashi Hiroko, participants are welcome to join in by making their own face covering. All materials required are listed in the worksheet.
Guests will have an opportunity to pose questions to Takahashi Hiroko during this live online event.
Following the event, participants are invited to post their finished face coverings on social media, tagging Japan House London (@JapanHouseLDN) and using the hashtags #japanhouselondon and #MuseumFromHome.
Read our INTRODUCING… article on Face Coverings by HIROCOLEDGE to find out more and learn about the long-standing custom of wearing masuku (‘face masks’) or face coverings in Japan.
Please note that the use of face coverings is encouraged as a way to reduce the risk of the wearer passing on viruses to others. They are not meant as a substitute for medical masks used as PPE by healthcare workers. Please see the UK government website for guidance on wearing face coverings effectively.
About Takahashi Hiroko
Takahashi Hiroko is an artist based in Sumida, Tokyo whose work innovates the Japanese kimono tradition. Characterized by patterns consisting of the basic elements that make up the universe – circles and straight lines - Takahashi’s work shows the infinite possibilities that can be created out of finiteness. She aims to bring about a fusion of art and fashion through her original brand, HIROCOLEDGE. In 2020, a kimono from Takahashi Hiroko’s brand HIROCOLEDGE was featured in ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Europe’s first major exhibition dedicated to kimono.
A range of Takahashi Hiroko’s kimono and accessories are on display in the Ground Floor of Japan House during July 2020 and selected items are also available for purchase in The Shop.
Find out more about Takahashi Hiroko in our online Story.