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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts / [Bingata Folding Fan]

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.

Bingata unites me with the climate and topography of Okinawa,” says Ms. Nawa, whose popular brand is called “Bingata Nawachou”.
The pigments used are those of traditional Japanese painting.
Bingata unites me with the climate and topography of Okinawa,” says Ms. Nawa, whose popular brand is called “Bingata Nawachou”.
The pigments used are those of traditional Japanese painting.
“In Bingata, many colors share a single plane, and it is through the kumadori, the shading, that the modulations and the unity of the pattern are communicated. As with makeup, the base color is the foundation, the kumadori, like lipstick or eyeliner. My Bingata master instructed me, through kumadori, to draw with ‘the spirit of a fleeting smile’.”

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.”
KASHIYUKA selects a fan of graceful color.
Carving patterning stencils.
KASHIYUKA selects a fan of graceful color.
Carving patterning stencils.
Because she captures the fundamental qualities of Bingata in all of her work, even in the modern design one feels its “heart and soul”. For this purchase I’ve selected a fan, an easygoing design that yet speaks quality. Lofted on its pattern and color, the fresh breeze of the Ryukyus is conveyed to you by this gorgeous crafted work.

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

KASHIYUKA

Yuka 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