Miho Fukaishi

Checkered ro gauze with hanaori weave pattern for kimono. “Flower basket”

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  • Presented in 2014
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Category Textiles
Year Presented 2014
Exhibition The 61th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Kasuri weaving

    Kasuri weaving (kasuriori, “blurred weave”) is a type of ikat weaving done with threads that have been resist dyed, leaving sections of the thread undyed. The threads are then aligned and woven to create stripes, checkered patterns, or pictorial motifs.

Miho Fukaishi

photo Miho Fukaishi

For the past five or six years, I have been making textiles on which silk gauze and Hanaui weaving are combined with checked patterns. One day after finishing work on a piece of textile I decided to call it Ichimatsu Hanaro-ori. After using this weaving technique on other pieces, I noticed a distinct spatial or stereoscopic effect, which could be described as color shading. I had not noticed this while working and facing the loom before, and now I find I am completely captivated by this effect. Depth has appeared in the wonder of mosaic-like coloration created by the crossing of the vertical and horizontal colored stripes, and the crossing of plain and gauze woven structures. When I see this textile, I come to realize the eloquent expressiveness of shadows created by the strong and intense light of this southern island. I feel the natural beauty of the place seems to have influenced my creativity without my knowing it and guided me to weave this textile. I received an Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award for a work I wove by applying this technique. The following is an excerpt:  “An elegant color field structure produced by skillful techniques and a refined sensitivity exceeds the classic checked patterns, and the work is filled with a contemporary feel. By combining the Hanaui weaving of Okinawa with a modern approach, the work makes us aware of new possibilities in the textile arts.”