Jaspe + Kasuri: Ikat Weaving of Mexico & Japan by Carla Fernández


“Shibori, Ikat, and Sustainability: Land, Culture, and People” 

We’re thrilled to announce our participation in the 10th International Shibori Symposium, which will be held in Oaxaca, Mexico, co-chaired by Alejandro de Ávila and Yoshiko I. Wada. The symposium will be the 10th international gathering organized by the World Shibori Network(WSN) in collaboration with the directors and architects of the Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú (FAHH), Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca  (JEOax), Museo de Textil Oaxaca (MTO), Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CASA), and Centro Cultural San Pablo (SP).

For this celebration and open discussion on the endless posibilites of traditional textile art and craft, our exhibition at Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CASA) showcases pieces created with the traditional Rebozo textile (created by Don Fermin Escobar from the town of Tenancingo, State of Mexico), and the japanese technique of Kurume Kasuri by Mr. Noguchi and Dr. Torimaru.

The word of “kasuri” is originated from a Malay: “bind” or “tie.” The feature of kasuri textile is the technique of twining and dyeing vertical and horizontal threads and horizontal together to weave up a design. The technique is conveyed pervasively from India, the originated place, to Persia and South Europe, from China and Southeast Asia to Ryukyu.
The representative types of kasuri made in Japan are Hingo-kasuri in Hiroshima, Iyo-kasuri in Ehime, and Kurume-kasuri in Fukuoka.
Kurume-kasuri wasn’t conveyed from the continent, but born from the daily life – people worked their loom and wove clothes for their family, which has developed as kasuri with their creativities.

To involve the work of Rebozo into the creation of the pieces, we create a wearable dialogue about the origin of the garment, seeing that its traditional versions show indigenous, European and Asian influences. Traditional rebozos are handwoven from cotton, wool, silk and rayon in various lengths but all have some kind of pattern (usually from the ikat method of dying) and have fringe, which can be finger weaved into complex designs. The garment is considered to be part of Mexican identity and nearly all Mexican women own at least one.

Learn more about the Symposium and the program at 10iss’ Website, here.