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An Abundance of Bashofu

Written on June 4, 2012

Big news for bashofu lovers–or big news in general.  My good friend and colleague, Kei Kawasaki who owns the superb Gallery Kei located in the heart of Kyoto, just mounted a monumental exhibition and sale of antique bashofu hagire (fragments of Okinawan banana fiber cloth) which ran from 19 – 23 May.This exhibition showed over 70 different types of basho weaving, from cloth woven entirely of banana fiber to those which are woven from banana fiber and cotton.The sheer amount and variety of bashofu pieces that were available for sale is staggering–especially given the scarcity of good material and its ever-increasing value.Kei gave her entire gallery over to bashofu for those four days, and I am sure it was a magical event for those who appreciate this fantastic cloth and who were able to attend.I really wish I could have been there, but I am really grateful to have received these photos–and that I am able to share them here.

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  1. Comment by velma:

    this i would LOVE to see! i love my length of bashofu.

    June 4, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  2. Comment by jan in nagasaki:

    now i want some bashofu.!!!… i wonder if i have any in my collection of stuff…..

    June 4, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  3. Comment by Anastasia:

    her gallery is amazing! i still can’t believe i’ve been in it and touched so many of the pieces pictured here. i’m drooling over that bowl of remnants; what a dragon’s hoard for a textile lover!

    June 10, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  4. Comment by analia earhart:

    Beautiful work. Do we have access to purchase some of her bashofu?

    June 13, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  5. Comment by Stephen:

    You can contact Kei directly through her website.

    June 13, 2012 @ 10:50 am