Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art

"Katazome Today" presents contemporary visions of a unique and historically significant Japanese textile-dyeing process. Traditionally used for kimono dyeing, katazome involves the application of a rice-paste resist using special stencil papers with complex designs. Both the techniques of katazome, and those of the intricately hand carved stencil papers (katagami), have been passed down through generations of artisans over several centuries. 

In this exhibition seven national and international artists share fresh perspectives on katazome through their current interpretations. They present a range of pictorial imagery, and non-traditional expressions such as large-scale installations and free-form painting techniques, relating katazome to themes of personal identity, shifting environments, and the globalization impacting the cultural landscapes of their home countries.

Starts: February 11, 2023

Occurs: Every week on Sunday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until June 11, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: $10 General

Location: Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Produced By: Whatcom Museum

Contact Person: Christina Claassen

Phone: 360-778-8930

Email: info@whatcommuseum.org

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