Opening Traditions Textile

Opening Traditions is a collaborative project between designers Makiko Shinoda (JP), Emilie Pallard (FR) and Niels Heymans (NL). For a period of two years the three investigated the craft of Kurume Kasuri*.

With Opening Traditions, the designers shed a new light on this traditional technique. They created a distinctive colour scheme of twelve hues which generate a wide range of tones when woven. This broad palette, inspired by the Japanese landscape, is a significant departure from the usual indigo and white that is used for the traditional fabrics. The design is built up from a smart, shifting pattern that enables a longer repeat, cleverly working with the 24 cm limitation of the warp repeat. The designers intend to use the fabric in the design of their own garments, opening up the Kurume Kasuri technique to a new audience.

*Kurume Kasuri is an Ikat weaving technique typical to the Kurume region, in the Fukuoka prefecture of Japan. The technique requires yarn to be tied and dyed before weaving, resulting in lush patterns with a subtle, hazy appearance. The designers worked closely together with the Shimogawa Orimono mill, where the Kasuri technique has been used for three generations to weave the long strips of cotton used in the production of classical kimonos.

Photography by Jeroen van der Wielen

Photography by Niels Heymans

Photography by Jeroen van der Wielen

Photography by Jeroen van der Wielen

Photography by Jeroen van der Wielen

A collaboration with Unagi-no-nedoko, a shop focused on protecting the crafts in the region of Fukuoka in Kyushu.
This project is part of Holland-Kyushu.

Supported by:
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan
Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie

Text by Sander Manse

Contact: shinodastudio(at)gmail(dot)com

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