Masahiro Nakagawa

Formal Kimono with Design in Yūzen Dyeing "Light of Morning Dews"

  • Textiles
  • Presented in 2007
  • Sold Out

Category Textiles
Year Presented 2007
Exhibition The 51 th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Masahiro Nakagawa

photo Masahiro Nakagawa

In his production NAKAGAWA Masahiro adds his own approach to using the Japanese time-honored and traditional resist pastes, such as manori, makinori, shirozukenori, or icchinnori. Manori is the Japanese time-honored starch paste, which is known to have already existed in the Muromachi and Momoyama periods; this natural paste is highly resistant to dyeing (it is made by adding rice bran and salt to mochi rice flour, steaming, thoroughly kneading, and recooking; it is the base for makinori and shirozukenori). The production of textiles with the free use of different techniques requires considerable time, effort, and perseverance; however, by bringing out to the utmost the intrinsic brilliance of the silk, and uniting with the artist’s keen sensitivity, designs of great beauty and dignity are created. When I work on a kimono and obi sash, I use the traditional Japanese starch pastes to express the strong impressions that the changing seasons and the beauty of nature make on me. I generally work on my own, starting from sketching, selecting designs and fabrics, rough drawing, creating and applying resist paste, through to dyeing.