Japanese tsutsugaki (“tube drawing”) is a paste-resist technique that was widely used by dyers in towns and villages throughout Japan to decorate a variety of ceremonial, household and commercial textiles. Tsutsugaki textiles are known for their bold, vibrant freehand-drawn patterns.
Ruth Anderson will discuss the origins and rise in popularity of this technique and show many examples of tsutsugaki textiles. She will explore the rich vocabulary of auspicious symbols and imaginative portrayals of folk legends displayed on tsutsugaki textiles, and discuss when and how these symbols and legends were used.
In 2015 Ruth had the opportunity to visit one of the last remaining traditional Japanese tsutsugaki workshops and photograph a master craftsman and his son at work. Through these photos she will explain the process of making a tsutsugaki futon cover. On display, for viewing after the lecture, will be a futon cover made by this master craftsman as well as older pieces from the late 19th – early 20th c.
Japanese tsutsugaki futon cover (detail)
Catherine Cerny Collection