Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop
- Apr. 16, 2012
With a history stretching back more than 500 years, the Tawaraya workshop is renowned for supplying the Japanese Imperial Household with yusoku orimono, fine silks in patterns, weaves, and color combinations traditionally reserved for the garments and furnishings of the aristocracy, including the Emperor.
This exhibition was organized with the help of Mr. Hyoji Kitagawa, the 18th generation head of the Tawaraya, who was recently designated a Living National Treasure for his knowledge and preservation of this unique cultural inheritance. The kimono, screens, and other colorful silks in the exhibition demonstrate the technical and aesthetic mastery of the Tawaraya workshop while providing insight into the pageantry and refinement of Japanese court culture.