photo Masahiro Nakagawa

Masahiro Nakagawa

In his production NAKAGAWA Masahiro adds his own approach to using the Japanese time-honored and traditional resist pastes, such as manori, makinori, shirozukenori, or icchinnori. Manori is the Japanese time-honored starch paste, which is known to have already existed in the Muromachi and Momoyama periods; this natural paste is highly resistant to dyeing (it is made by adding rice bran and salt to mochi rice flour, steaming, thoroughly kneading, and recooking; it is the base for makinori and shirozukenori). The production of textiles with the free use of different techniques requires considerable time, effort, and perseverance; however, by bringing out to the utmost the intrinsic brilliance of the silk, and uniting with the artist’s keen sensitivity, designs of great beauty and dignity are created. When I work on a kimono and obi sash, I use the traditional Japanese starch pastes to express the strong impressions that the changing seasons and the beauty of nature make on me. I generally work on my own, starting from sketching, selecting designs and fabrics, rough drawing, creating and applying resist paste, through to dyeing.

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Detail

  • Category
    TEXTILES
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Member, Kyoto Association of Craft Artists
  • Studio
    eirokuen
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Carrer

  • 1975
    Studied Japanese painting under KONISHI Toshi
  • 1983
    Received Design Award at 8th New Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 1987
    Selected for 16th Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Kinki Branch Exhibition (first time)
  • 1993
    Selected for 40th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time)
  • 1994
    41st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1998
    45th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1999
    46th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2001
    48th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2002
    49th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2003
    50th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • Received the Japan Kogei Association Kinki Branch
    Prize at 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 2004
    51st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Kyoto Board of Education Superintendent’s
    Award at 33rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 2005
    52nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    39th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2006
    40th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2007
    54th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the Sankei Shimbun Prize at 2008
    Kyoto Kogei Biennale
  • 2010
    57th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2011
    Received the Nikkei Inc. Award at 45th Japan
    Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
    58th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2012
    46th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2014
    48th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition

Prize

  • 1983
    Received the Design Award at the 8th New Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2003
    Received the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Prize
    at the 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 2004
    Received the Kyoto Board of Education Superintendent's Award
    at the 33rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the Sankei Shimbun Prize at the 2008 Kyoto Kogei Biennale
  • 2009
    Received the Association Incentive Award a
    t the 31st Kyoto Craft Artists Association Exhibition
  • 2011
    Received the Nikkei Inc. Award at the 45th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition