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Updated: 14 April 2015
Textile with Ryūkyū-style ikhat pattern. Dyed and woven banana-tree fibre (abaca cloth, bashōfu).
- 1979 (circa)
- Made in: Okinawa-ken
- Width: 35 centimetres
- Length: 497 centimetres
Taira Toshiko was designed a ‘Living National Treasure’ by the Japanese Government in 2000 for her ‘abaca cloth’ (bashōfu technique). She has been the leading figure in reviving the banana-fibre cloth technique in postwar Okinawa. This technique was introduced to Okinawa in the thirteenth century from SE Asia. It all but died out during the Asia-Pacific war but was revived in a large measure through Taira Toshiko’s research, practise and teaching of the technique. This particular work is important for its beauty, traditional colours and patterning, excellence of technique, and because it was created by Taira herself rather than the collective that she leads.
2013 Apr – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
Credit Line: Purchase funded by Noriko and Shigeru Myōjin and Dounia and Sherif Nadar
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Object reference number: JCR22620
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