10th anniversary of opening
"India: The People and Beauty of the Desert"
Second term: Woodblock prints and Tie-dyed Fabric from Rajasthan
November 26th, 2020 — March 13th, 2021
Commemorating our ten year anniversary, this exhibition focuses on the handwork of northwest India. In the two terms of the exhibition, we will introduce beautiful dyed fabrics created by the people of the desert that the museum director Iwatate collected from her first trip to Gujarat and Rajasthan in 1970.
The second term exhibit will be on dyed fabrics from Rajasthan. Located in the outskirts of the state capital Jaipur is the center of the woodblock-printed Sarasa (Chintz) production with four hundred years of tradition. Women’s skirts, veils, bags, floor rugs, wall hangings and other items produced there are deeply connected to lives of those villagers. The exhibit will also include Leheriya, fabric dyed by rolling diagonally, tying, and dying multiple times, and turbans and veils made with a special tie-dye technique called Bandhani that resembles kanoko tie-dye in Japan.