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Museum and Archives Exhibition
Modern Design in Kyoto;
Contemporary Stripes and Kasuri Patterns
Modern Design in Kyoto; Contemporary Stripes and Kasuri Patterns
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 Chu Asai, having met Iwata Nakazawa in France, where they attended the Art Nouveau focused Paris Exhibition, was soon to be professor of Kyoto College of Textile Fibers (currently, Kyoto Institute of Technology). Chu Asai, returned to Japan in 1902. Goichi Takeda also studied design in Europe, and returned to Japan in 1903. The modern Art Noveau designs these men encountered at the Paris Exhibition had a revolutionary influence on design in Kyoto.

 Kohrin Furuya who was instructing students in design and was an assistant of Kamisaka Sekka at Kyoto City College of Fine Arts (currently, Kyoto City University of Arts) was another influence at this time. Furuya studied woodblock printing, architecture and interior design under Professor Asai and we can find many Art Nouveau-type European furniture designs among the graduation projects of Furuya’s students.

 Meanwhile, just at the time during the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912) that Furuya was active, a new trend in striped and kasuri woven kimono became the rage. What had previously been fabric for commoners and laborers was now developing through creative and experimental methods. What was decisive for dyeing and weaving was the 1903, Fifth National Industrial Exposition in Osaka. At this Expo, in addition to art and craft, a section for weaving and dyeing of fabric was arranged, drawing a clear distinction between applied craft and industry. Soon after, mechanization and automation increased and this led to mass production which in turn thrust kasuri into the limelight by making it more accessible.

 With the fashion demands for kasuri and increased mechanization, designers specializing in kasuri patterns were in high demand. Tessen Fuse, who was a student of Kohrin Furuya, emerged in response to this demand for designers in the early 1900’s and created striped designs that gave the impression of kasuri and were suitable for printing. Fuse’s apprentice, Tetsuo Terada, further developed the technique of printed kasuri production and many designs suitable to the modern era were achieved.

 In this exhibition, by looking at the work of the little known Kohrin Furuya and Tessen Fuse as well as the completely unknown apprentice and print designer, Tetsuo Terada, we inquire into the ways that modern designs, brought to Kyoto by Chu Asai and Goichi Takeda, changed through the Meiji, Taisho and Showa Periods. (1868 to 1989)
Duration September 20 (Tuesday) to October 28 (Friday)
Hours 10:00~17:00
(no admission after 16:30)
Venue Ground Floor Exhibition Hall, Museum and Archives
Holidays Sundays and national holidays
Open October 16th (Sunday)
Admission Adults 200 yen
College Students 150 yen
Persons 18 and under Free
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【Special Program】
Gallery Presentation
Outline and History of Collection with a special focus on Modern Design in Kyoto (This is the day of the KIT open campus.)
Time Sunday, Oct. 16th
Venue Museum and Archives
Kyoto Institute of Technology

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