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A Small Exhibition in Greenwich Village: At MAN

Written on July 26, 2013

MANshow1At the generous suggestion of Hickoree’s and The Hill-Side, I was asked to mount a temporary exhibition at MAN, a small and beautifully curated Paris-based menswear trade show that was held at Industria Superstudio from 21-24 July.  The show was meant to provide an interesting context, and give texture to, the MAN show who took up Hickoree’s suggestion and invited me to show.

MANshow1aI brought a good group of things to exhibit:  my aim was to put on view a broad range of textiles for sale, from superior pieces from my own collection to others that have age and interest, but that are affordable. Above is a nice group of hemp kaya or mosquito netting in blues and greens.  To the right of the kaya are rolls of shinafu or linden bark thread-based cloth.

MANshow1bAbove are rolls of wonderful, indigo dyed, 19th century cottons.  All of them are taken from futon covers.

MANshow1cAbove is a fantastic, old boro noragi: so many patches and a lot of mending.  Many of the patches are of pieces of cloth from the 19th century.  Below is an amazingly repaired sleeveless work garment, however my hunch is that the sleeves were removed by the person who brought this treasure to market.  No matter: in old Japan sleeves were routinely taken off and put back onto garments on a rotating basis.

MANshow1dA group of five super sakabukuro, below.  These are cotton bags that were dipped in kaki shibu or green persimmon tannin that were used as filters in the sake making process.

MANshow1eAnd below is another view onto the show.  At the center of the photo is a wonderful sakiori hanten, one of the most elaborate and best I’ve seen.

MANshow1fThanks Emil, Sandy, Mitch, William, Ken, Vicken, Antoine, Romain, Olivier and Antoine for inviting me to your event.

 

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  1. Comment by judy martin:

    Beautiful as always.

    Congratulations on this exhibit.

    July 26, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

  2. Comment by Stephen:

    Thank you, Judy

    July 27, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  3. Comment by velma:

    a lovely exhibit. yes, judy’s correct.

    July 29, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

  4. Comment by Romayne Cox:

    The sakabukuro are wonderful. Are they from your collection?

    July 31, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  5. Comment by Stephen:

    Hi, Romayne, Nice hearing from you! Glad you like the sakabukuro: yes, they are from my collection. Sending my best regards,
    Stephen

    July 31, 2013 @ 3:40 pm