Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. This trip brings her to Okinawa in pursuit of Bingata, stencil-dyed textiles. She visits with an artist in her thirties who is keeping alive a traditional art form treasured by dynastic royalty dating from the 14th century.
I think I understand what’s meant by that “fleeting smile”. The colors are, of course, beautiful. But more than that, there is the inherent sweetness of the forms. There are the patterns of birds that adorn the garments warn by traditional Ryukyu dancers. There is the classic Japanese peony, done in a modern way, and even a form inspired by that of an art deco cup.
“Because I want people to have a feel for Bingata, I try to come up with designs that fit the current mode, not only involving the classic patterns. In any case, most important to me is upholding its fundamental qualities. I never lose sight of the historical character of Bingata that the Ryukyu dynasty so cherished and so carefully preserved.”
Bingata Fans by Tomoko Nawa
Fan - ¥12,000; book cover - ¥6,000.
Tomoko Nawa, born 1981, Tottori. There is a solo exhibition of her work at GARB DOMINO in Okinawa from March 23-31, and one in May at Amehare in Tokyo. These photographs were made at COCOCO, the atelier and shop where her work is available. 124 Touyama Nanjou-shi, Okinawa. Tel090 8298 4901
KASHIYUKAYuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of the electro-pop group Perfume. They are currently on the road for a world tour in support of their latest album, “Future Pop,” for shows in North America and Asia. In April, they’ll perform at Coachella 2019, one of world’s top music festivals. When she’s on the road, she mainly collects coasters. www.perfume-web.jp