The Flowing Line: Japanese Tsutsugaki Paste Resist Textiles
Presented by Ruth Anderson, Independent Scholar
Saturday,January 20, 2018, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission
Japanese tsutsugaki (“tube drawing”) is a paste resist technique that previously was widely used by dyers in towns and villages throughout Japan to decorate a variety of ceremonial, household and commercial textiles. Tsutsugaki textiles are known for their bold, vibrant patterns drawn free-hand, in flowing lines, with the tsutsu. We will explore the rich vocabulary of auspicious symbols and themes from folk legends depicted on tsutsugaki textiles, and look at when and how these symbols and themes were used. Many of these symbols express important themes in Japanese culture.