TEXTILES ASIA JOURNAL

One of my favorite magazines

TEXTILES ASIA JOURNAL

has a wonderful article on  Ainu Textiles by Virginia Soenksen who most recently was  curatorial assistant at the Clark Center for  Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California.  The pieces featured belong to the collection of Thomas Murray a very well known dealer in Asiatica and Ethnographica.

http://www.tmurrayarts.com/

The article explains the traditions of the Ainu mainly found on Hokkaido, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.  Ainu garments, extensively made from elm fiber, have the most striking  geometric motifs, with designs executed with appliqué,  embroidery and also beading. Unfortunately the article cannot be accessed on-line but if you are interested I can scan in the article.

Just to give you an idea of Ainu garments – this robe is from the Commons Gallery, Art Building, University of Hawaii @ Manoa.

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