[Ginza Wako] “Sachiko Arakaki Dyeing and Weaving Exhibition – Seeking the Light and Wind of Ryukyu” will be held from May 23rd (Thurs)

Wako will be holding her third solo exhibition by dyeing and weaving artist Sachiko Arakaki, a holder of an intangible cultural property designated by Okinawa Prefecture.

Ginza Wako will be holding the "Arakaki Sachiko Dyeing and Weaving Exhibition – Exploring the Light and Wind of Ryukyu" by dyeing and weaving artist Arakaki Sachiko from Thursday, May 23rd to Sunday, June 2nd at the Seiko House Hall (formerly Wako Hall).

Yaeyama Jofu is made from threads of ramie, a plant that was once cultivated in the Yaeyama Islands, and is dyed with natural dyes from plants and other sources using the hand-tying technique and intricately woven. It evokes the beauty of Ishigaki Island's changing seasons and the natural climate that shows its many different faces.

This exhibition will be the culmination of Arakaki's work, in which he expresses scenes of the sky, sea, wind, and waves, including words that are an integral part of island life, in a creative way.

Please come and see our exquisite works filled with the light and breeze of the Ryukyu Dynasty, including kimonos, kimono fabrics, and obi sashes based on drawings from the Ryukyu Dynasty.

9-inch "Light blue ground, multi-color warp and weft ikat, ikat"

Kimono "Aoba Ushio" (68th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition)

Kimono fabric "Hanaori/Wakana Shioriori" (64th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition)

8-inch "Wave reed, gray background, step"

Brief biography of Sachiko Araki

Born in Kumamoto Prefecture in 1945.
1972: Trained at the Okinawa Prefectural Industrial Research Institute's Dyeing and Weaving Department (training period: 1 year)
In 1973, she was taught by Shizuko Oshiro. At the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, she encountered the dyed jofu (a type of konjima jofu mentioned in ancient documents).
After that, he started weaving Yaeyama Jofu using knot-dyeing.
1975: Received instruction from Fukumi Shimura
1980 – Lecturer for Yaeyama Jofu seminars and research courses at Ishigaki City Traditional Crafts Museum (until 1990)
1984 Exhibited at the Japanese Textile Exhibition (10-person exhibition) (Stockholm, Copenhagen)
1985: Received the Associate Member Award at the 37th Okinawa Exhibition, became a member and judge, and received the Masakazu Yasuya Award (Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center Foundation)
1987 Exhibited at the Shimura Fukumi and Tsumugi Exhibition (Tokyo)
1989 Part-time lecturer at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (until 2015)
1991: Certified as a holder of the Okinawa Prefecture designated intangible cultural property
1995 and 2003 Solo exhibition "Sachiko Arakaki Dyeing and Weaving Exhibition – The Light and Wind of Ryukyu" at Wako
1995: Exhibited at the 16-person textile exhibition from Japan, Slovakia and Austria (held in Gratislava) organized by the Slovak Art Union Textile Union
1998: Certified as a full member of the Japan Kogei Association and awarded the Outstanding Craftsmanship Award (Contemporary Master Craftsman)
1999: Received the 19th Pola Traditional Culture Award (Pola Traditional Culture Promotion Foundation)
2001: Received the Yaeyama Mainichi Cultural Award
2004: Winner of the Grand Prize at the 38th Okinawa Times Art Awards
2008 Visiting Professor at Tama Art University (until 2019)
2009 "Sachiko Arakaki Yaeyama Jofu Exhibition: The Light and Wind of Ryukyu" (Okinawa Prefectural Museum, Art Museum, Prefectural Gallery), "1st Yaeyama Jofu Preservation Society Exhibition: The Work of Sachiko Arakaki" (Ishigaki Civic Hall Exhibition Hall)
2010: Published "Yaeyama Jofu: The Work of Sachiko Araki" by Kyuryudo and held the "Melody of the Southern Wind: Sachiko Araki Exhibition" in Ginza, Fukuoka, and Okayama.
2017 Okinawa Prefecture Cultural Merit Award
2021: Donated "Yaeyama Jofu Retouch" (170 pieces of artwork) to Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and Yaeyama Museum, Ishigaki City. Currently a holder of the Okinawa Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property Skills, a regular member of the Japan Crafts Association, and a member of the Okinawa Exhibition.

"Sachiko Arakaki Dyeing and Weaving Exhibition – Exploring the Light and Wind of Ryukyu"
May 23rd (Thu) – June 2nd (Sun)

Venue: Seiko House Hall (Seiko House 6th floor, 4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
For inquiries, please contact: (03)3562-2111 (main line)
Business hours: 11:00-19:00 (until 17:00 on the last day)
Closed: Open all year round Admission fee: Free

Organizer: Wako

◎Wako Hall has been renamed "Seiko House Hall."
We will be communicating with the world in a variety of ways, including exhibits related to the Seiko Group's businesses in general and collaborations with artists.

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