Textile Arts Council Saturday Lecture: Ryukyu Bashofu, Banana Fiber Textiles of Okinawa
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Kijoka bashofu cloth. Photo courtesy of Kana Taira.
Online via Zoom.
Kana Taira will discuss the history and post WWII revival of Kijoka bashofu, the weavers and traditional techniques with bashofu (banana fiber) still used today, and the bashofu kimono and other products being produced by bashofu craftspeople. She will explain the entire process, from cultivating the fiber to using an ikat hand-bound resist dye method, to finishing the woven cloth.
She is a granddaughter of Toshiko Taira, an Okinawan master of Bashofu textiles and a National Living Treasure in Japan. Seeing her grandmother and mother working to preserve bashofu’s techniques and its culture, Kana decided to further her study of bashofu, receiving degrees in International Studies and Anthropology from universities in Japan and Australia. Studying, living and traveling in foreign countries made Kana rethink the immense value of Bashofu within a broader global context. She is passionate about sharing the uniqueness and sophisticated techniques of Bashofu worldwide.
The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies.
Registration: $5 FAMSF Members and Students, $10 General Public.
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