Tenugui Towels Exhibition: Saturday openings

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Tenugui Towels Exhibition: Saturday openings

Post  JF on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:36 am

On Saturday July 3 and July 17,
The Japan Foundation 's Library and Exhibition will be open noon - 5:00 pm.
Enjoy our extended evening hours on Mondays and Thursdays until 7:00 pm.

Tenugui Towels: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life

until July 30, 2010

Exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation
in association with Kamawanu Co. Ltd., Tokyo

The Japan Foundation , Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor of the Colonnade
http://www.jftor.org/ 416.966.1600 x22

11:30 am - 7:00 pm Extended Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm Extended Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Selected Saturdays (July 3, 17)
Noon - 5:00 pm

Other Saturdays, Sundays, July 1 ( Canada Day)

TENUGUI are towels made of bleached cotton, approximately 34 cm wide and 90 cm in length. The word literally means “a hand-wiping cloth.” In the 17th century, when the production of cotton increased dramatically in Japan , people benefited from the rich supply of cotton cloth for use in their daily lives. Individual towels were used for a remarkable number of purposes; not only for wiping and cleaning, but also for wrapping and wearing, and even as advertising tools.
meet the various needs of special occasions throughout the four seasons and the individual personalities of each owner, the Japanese developed a wide range of designs on the surface of the cloth. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), under the influence of the Western Industrial Revolution, the production of TENUGUI entered a new era. The invention of Chusen, an innovative dye-pouring technique, resulted in increased productivity and widened design possibilities, allowing designers to incorporate multiple colours and sensitive shading. These new techniques were applied to traditional designs borrowed from the fashion world of Kimono and theatre costumes as well as newly invented ideas. The Chusen dying technique is demonstrated in a 20 minute documentary, “The Japanese Tenugui,” which is screening continuously in the event hall during the exhibition.

Elaborate design, transparent simplicity, whimsical humor, refined sophistication, and bold, modern compositions… with over two hundred towels on display, as well as ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) showing the use of tenugui in kabuki theatre and daily life, this colourful exhibition demonstrates the endless creativity in TENUGUI.


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