Living National Treasure Yoshinori Tsuchiya

  • Textiles
  • 1954 -
Yoshinori Tsuchiya

In the weaving of monsha (delicate figured-gauze fabric), TSUCHIYA uses a pedal-operated loom to which four heddles and one furue, a device used in the production of gauze, are attached. In monsha, two warps are twisted to structure the gauze fabric, and then while changing to the warp color of plain weaving, cube, stone pavement, or other patterns are woven into the fabric.
In addition to monsha, his production is varied including raw silk fabrics or pongee. Raw silk is the exact opposite to refined silk and makes a classical silk textile similar to gauze; in the “Utsusemi” chapter of the Tale of Genji, the author describes a “raw-silk unlined kimono.” He aims to create fabrics with a good crisp feel and thus uses unrefined raw silk yarn. Kasuri (splashed patterns) used in combination with monsha are created by playing with the natural differences found in the dyed patterns.
His works are made of yarn colored with natural plant dyes that create distinctive bright and lustrous colors or soft patterns blended with gradual gradations in a noshime* style created by warp ikat. They are somewhat different from the images and patterns seen in the Shosoin Treasure House or on the attire of court nobles. Works demonstrating the beauty of raw silk with its dragonfly wing-like translucent quality are inspiring and point to the future production of monsha with a vital contemporary feeling. *A ceremonial robe worn by a samurai

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Executive Director, Chairman of the Textiles Department of Japan Kōgei Association
Status Living National Treasure (Important Intangible Cultural Property for Monsha )
  • 1954 Born in Seki-shi, Gifu Prefecture
  • 1978 Graduated from the Textile Course at the Kyoto International School of Art and Design
  • 1978 Studied under SHIMURA Fukumi (Living National Treasure)
  • 1994 Selected for the first time at the 41st Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition
  • 1996 Participated in study group to train successors of the important intangible cultural property "Ra".
    Studied under KITAMURA Takeshi (Living National Treasure)
  • 1997 Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1999 50 maîtres :les arts appliqués dans le Japon contemporain (Hosted by NHK, Paris Mitsukoshi Etoile)
  • 2000 Evaluator and judge at the 37th Textiles Traditional Kogei Exhibition
  • 2001 Invited to exhibit at "Contemporary Textile -Weaving and Dyeing: Ways of Formative Thinking-" Exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 2003 Japan Traditional Art Crafts 50th Anniversary Exhibition “Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan" at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi
  • 2005 Wings of the cicada: textiles and kimono by Takeshi Kitamura and Usuhata Group at Daiwa Japan House, London
  • 2006 Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection 2001 - 2005 at the National Crafts Museum
  • 2007 The 54th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Evaluator and Judge (also in 2009 and every year after 2011)
  • 2008 Museum Collection Exhibition
    Radiance of Kimono
    Beauty of Lacquer, Wood and Bamboo Works (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 2009 Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
    Solo exhibition at Wako Namiki Hall (Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2010 Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of “Monsha"
  • 2011 Solo exhibition “Living National Treasure Tsuchiya Yoshinori and Monsha – Weaving Mino" (Seki City Toko Shinoda Art Space)
  • 2012 “Gifu, Masters of Dyeing and Weaving" 3-men Living National Treasure Exhibition (Gifu Prefectural Museum)
  • 2013 2nd International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa, “The Arts – Grounded in Region" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
    From Crafts to Kogei (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 2014 Living National Treasure Exhibition (Tokyo National Museum)
  • 2020 Special Exhibition "KIMONO: Fashioning Identities" (Tokyo National Museum)
    Kogei 2020 - The Art of Crafting Beauty from Nature (Tokyo National Museum, Hyokeikan)

  • 1989Received the Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition Award at the 11th Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1993Received the Governor of Aichi Award at the 24th Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1995Received the Governor of Aichi Award at the 26th Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1996Received the Japan Kogei Association President Award at the 43rd Japan Traditional Kōgei</i > Exhibition
    Received the Gifu Citizens Honor Award
  • 1997Received the Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition Award at the 28th Tōkai Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1998Received Gifu Prefecture Artistic and Cultural Activities Special Incentive Award
  • 1999Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 36th Textiles Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2002Received Seki Citizen Special Incentive Award
  • 2006Received the MEXT Award at the 53rd Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
    Recieved Gifu Prefecture Artistic Culture Incentive Award

  • Tokyo National Museum
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Tokyo Kasei University Museum
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
  • Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (London)
  • Japanese Traditional Dyeing and Weaving Promotion Foundation
  • Jingu Art Museum
  • Yakushiji Temple (Nara)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Price Range

$ 6,000 - 33,000

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