Have you heard of Hakata textiles and dolls? We’re very excited to introduce and welcome the unique artisans and products from Hakata, an area located in the southern Japanese island named Kyushu.
The main material of company Hakata Ori Textiles is silk. Japan has produced the best quality raw silk, which is often used for Japanese kimonos, after improving the breeding of silkworms for a long time. Hakata-ori textile is a beautiful silk fabric and one of the most well-known traditional Japanese craft arts, with a history of more than 770 years. These techniques are now used for interior products!
When it comes to Hakata Dolls, locally produced unglazed clay is used to make Hakata doll figures and is colored very carefully by hand, so that the artisans can, in detail, furnish distinctive calmness and meticulous expressions to the Hakata Dolls. The themes of Hakata Dolls vary from “beautiful women” to “Kabuki players”.
Are you interested in painting your own dog doll? Come join our workshop on Oct 26th! Find out more at our website: https://resobox.com/event/paint-your-own-traditional-japanese-doll/
RESOBOX will hold a Japanese craftsmanship exhibition on October 26th and 27th at their RESOBOX East Village location. Titled “Creations from Southern Japan: Traditional, Vibrant and Intricate Dolls and Textiles,” the exhibition explores the various textiles, dolls and other fine craftsmanship from the Hakata area in Japan. As so, RESOBOX is looking for a few people to join a focus group for the exhibition! Compensation will be $10 per person. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and show up promptly at your selected time.
Creations from Southern Japan Focus Group Sign-Up Form
About the Artists
Hakata Doll Artist
These works are produced based on the idea of “leaving human warmth in the soil.”
I make works with particular attention to techniques such as line engraving and blurring of patterns.
I want to teach the youth of the procedural techniques I have while making dolls to expresses how I feel.
Arita Pottery Artist
Based on the traditional techniques inherited from my grandfather, I want to express and my original techniques, “Line Fineness,” “Line Movement” and “Glamour.” I focus on producing not only the fineness of the picture, but also on the simple things so that the viewer can feel the impact and vividness that arrive from the first impression. All of them are hand-drawn, so you can enjoy each as a one-of-a-kind product.
Using natural flowers and trees that bring healing and energy to people, we create works by expressing them in everyday things such as aluminum and thread. The shape of the natural flowers that float on the metal material are expressed by solid embroidery, and the work is created based on the concept of “not only to wear but also to enjoy as an interior decoration piece.
Hakata Textile Artist
From the production of sericulture (silk cultivation) to yarn making and weaving Hakata fabric, Kiyo Araki is in charge of dyeing and weaving. Dyeing is done with plants, and silk kimono and obi are produced by hand weaving. Since the process from dyeing raw silk to weaving the fabric is done completely by hand, unlike kimono and obi, Western-style fabrics were very difficult to produce. However, Hakata woven products that can be used on a daily basis are available all over the world. This work was created with the desire to have people use Hakata Ori products on a daily basis.