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Creation Process of Bingata

Creation Process of Bingata / Honkan Room 19   April 18, 2017 (Tue) - March 31, 2018 (Sat)

  
Bingata Garment with Peony Design on White Cotton, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century *The Original artifact will be on display from July 25th to September 3rd 2017 in Gallery 16 of the Honkan (Japanese Gallery).

This year’s reproduction project features a garment from Okinawa, made by using the island’s traditional bingata dyeing technique. With a mass of colorful peony flowers, buds, and leaves, all dyed on a white background, the original work is entitled: Bingata Garment with Peony Design on White Cotton. The intricate design structure and vivid colors gave our team ample opportunity to explore this superb dyeing technique that blossomed in the 19th-century Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa. What kind of dyeing techniques allow such minutely-detailed flower petals and leaf shapes, and what kind of culture nurtured the colorful style of bingata? This display explores answers to these questions through a combination of research, fieldwork, and hands-on reproduction.  

Before starting production, the team conducted research at the Shiroma Bingata Studio, run by one of the leading families that has continued production from the Ryukyu Kingdom period. We received much invaluable advice from them concerning the traditional techniques. Today, however, it is difficult to obtain traditional ingredients for coloring and it was decided after close observation of the original work to take up the challenge of a modern-day reproduction by using currently available ingredients.  

We hope that, by following each production process, this display allows you to appreciate the beauty of this traditional expertise.

1. Stencil cutting
1. Stencil cutting
 

 

2. Placing the stencil
2. Placing the stencil
 

 

 
3-1. Coloring  3-2. Coloring
3. Coloring
 

 

4. Shading
4. Shading
 

 

5. Steaming
5. Steaming
 

 

 6. Washing out the paste
6. Washing out the paste
 

 

Complete
Complete
 

 

Internship Research Group, Graduate School of Fine Arts,
Tokyo University of the Arts (Enrolled as of March 2017)

Textile Production
YAMADA Asao; Doctoral Course, Textile Art, Tokyo University of the Arts
OKODA Mayuko; Master’s Course, Art and Education, Tokyo University of the Arts

Design
UCHIYAMA Yoichiro; Master’s Course, Visual Communication, Tokyo University of the Arts

Project Management
TAMAI Aya; Master’s Course, History of Crafts, Tokyo University of the Arts
TSUKIMURA Kino; Master’s Course, History of Crafts, Tokyo University of the Arts

 

Flyer

Creation Process of Bingata

Creation Process of
Bingata

The flyer is distributed in Education center: Education space (19 Room, Honkan) during the exhibition periods.

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