Fowler in Focus: Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection

January 8–June 24, 2012

Sake-swilling imps, Buddhist saints in the form of pop-up dolls, turtles trailing seaweed as longevity symbols—welcome to the engaging imagery of Japanese e-gasuri, or “picture ikat” cloth. Japanese weavers, like their counterparts in South, Southeast, and Central Asia, mastered the art of ikat, or the resist-dyeing of patterns into yarn before it is woven into cloth. Kasuri is the name of a rustic type of Japanese ikat cloth, almost always dyed deep blue with indigo. E-gasuri designates kasuri cloth with pictorial motifs.

  • Futon Cover, fragment, Japan, Cotton, weft ikat, X2008.6.196
  • Futon Cover, fragment, Kyushu, Japan, Taisho period (1912-1926), Cotton, double ikat, Fowler Museum at UCLA X2008.6.148
  • Futon Cover, fragment, western Honshu, Japan, cotton, weft ikat, Fowler Museum at UCLA X2008.6.171
  • Cloth, Japan, nineteenth century, cotton, double ikat, Fowler Museum at UCLA X2008.6.42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fowler in Focus: Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection features approximately thirty cloths selected from a collection of more than two hundred e-gasuri generously donated to the Fowler by Dr. Jeffery Krauss of Potomac, Maryland.

 

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This exhibiton is curated by Roy Hamilton, senior curator of Asian and Pacific collections, Fowler Museum.