Textile Art Project – November 2018
This project, named after the traditional pattern of the worldly known Japanese Umbrella “wagasa” made of bamboo and Washi paper, resulted to an installation expressing an experience in the street of Kyoto.
On a rainy day, walking in the Gion paved streets, a young boy suddenly came across a Maiko walking into an alley before disappearing while entering a tea house.
The time seemed halting its curse, while the young boy observed the Beautiful Women passing closed to him. He then captured into its memory that experience.
The installation , made on 4 squares Tarami mats , is composed by :
an umbrella , reintroducing a modern form of the “ Wagasa” dyed with different 8 colors : Yellow, Pink, Bleu, Purple hues obtained by different mordancing agents while using same natural dyes extracts.
Symbolizing the colorful attire worn by Geiko (Geisha) apprentice called Maiko, the umbrella presents a foiled metallic pattern in gorgeous colors reinterpreting the decorated form of the eyes of snake known “janome” which is believe to repel misfortune as Snake were believed to be Gods messenger.
Yarns dyed in Japanese Indigo were cut and dispersed on the Tarami as an expression of water , from the rain drops. Within the space a circled space was created with a bamboo wisk and tea bowl (rakuware style) in the center as an allusion to the tea house.
Materials: silk fabric, Cotton yarn, Japanese indigo, Sappanwood, Japanese Madder, Logwood, Grass Kariyasu (Miscanthus tinctorus), Kiwada(Philodendron amurense Rupr. ), Bamboo wisk, rakuware, tatami mats
Techniques: deep dyeing, brush dyeing, sewing.