NDURA NO MORI ヌーヂュラの森
Textile Art – Wearable Art Project 2016 – 2017
Ndura no Mori means the forest of Ndura in Japanese. While “Ndura” itself signifies forest in BAMBUTI dialect , it emphasizes the fact that the forest depicted is part of the realm which is specific to different cultures for any particular reason.
Two artworks presented next to another represented two views of the forest: one is the forest in Japan and the other is the forest in DRCongo as view by Indigenous peoples or BAMBUTI.
Investigation on the meaning of the forest within those two different geographical areas informed that a forest , as a specific area covered by trees, has a sacred image as the home of “deity”.
This common belief implies the animistic beliefs that most of ancient human society shared in the world but traduced in different ways.
Tree itself, as the expression of Nature, is Sacralized in Japanese Shintō religion. The pine tree, the cedar tree, the bamboo tree , camphor tree , etc. are evergreen trees which can grow so tall thus be a dwelling place of “deity”. Some species of tree are planted into Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples all over japan.
In Shintō, to express it sacred status, Sacred Tree is adorned with rope of rice straws (shimenawa) and paper streamers (shide).
Among other plants with spiritual significance are the “mosses” in Temple garden. Called Koke, the concepts of simplicity, humility, and refinement is embodied to them also Mosses are medium of meditation for Zen Practice.
In the Ituri forest, Indigenous peoples also cherish the Forest as their Mother. Thus, they call themselves “children of the forest “. During their lifecycle, from each of their life stages, their relationship with the forest takes different images . At first , the forest is the womb from which they are coming from and to which they will go back after their life; the forest is also seen as the kinship, the Wife that they will encounter in their life journey…
From those insights, the first artwork is a garment composed by a cape and a long flared dress representing a sacred tree. Both parts are dyed with motifs representing the sacred image of the tree from Japanese Shintō views.
The second artwork is a panel made of three layers of fabric overlaid partially, revealing a motif made of the association of kanji characters for father, mother, sister, brother, lover with a 1/2 circle at the base seen like the representation of a womb. That’s a representation of the forest from the indigenous peoples.
Dyeing experimentations using resist dyeing techniques were applied using stitches (ShiboriZome), rice paste (Katazome) and wax (Roketsuzome). Natural dyeing used Logwood, Japanese madder and tea extracts on cotton fabric for the panel then on silk fabric for the garments.
Techniques: Japanese Tie and Dye (Shibori) , Rice paste resist dyeing (Katazome), wax resist dyeing (Roketsuzome), flat pattern drawing, hand stitching.
Materials: Japanese Madder, Logwood, Tea, Silk fabric, Cotton fabric for Kimono