photo Yoshinori Tsuchiya

Yoshinori Tsuchiya

In the weaving of monsha (delicate figured-gauze fabric), TSUCHIYA uses a pedal-operated loom to which four heddles and one furue, a device used in the production of gauze, are attached. In monsha, two warps are twisted to structure the gauze fabric, and then while changing to the warp color of plain weaving, cube, stone pavement, or other patterns are woven into the fabric.
In addition to monsha, his production is varied including raw silk fabrics or pongee. Raw silk is the exact opposite to refined silk and makes a classical silk textile similar to gauze; in the “Utsusemi” chapter of the Tale of Genji, the author describes a “raw-silk unlined kimono.” He aims to create fabrics with a good crisp feel and thus uses unrefined raw silk yarn. Kasuri (splashed patterns) used in combination with monsha are created by playing with the natural differences found in the dyed patterns.
His works are made of yarn colored with natural plant dyes that create distinctive bright and lustrous colors or soft patterns blended with gradual gradations in a noshime* style created by warp ikat. They are somewhat different from the images and patterns seen in the Shosoin Treasure House or on the attire of court nobles. Works demonstrating the beauty of raw silk with its dragonfly wing-like translucent quality are inspiring and point to the future production of monsha with a vital contemporary feeling. *A ceremonial robe worn by a samurai

Work

Detail

  • Category
    TEXTILES
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Carrer

  • 1954
    Born in Seki-shi, Gifu Prefecture
  • 1973
    Graduated from the Textile Course at the Kyoto International School of Art and Design
  • 1978
    Studied under SHIMURA Fukumi (Living National Treasure)
  • 1996
    Studied under KITAMURA Takeshi (Living National Treasure)
  • 1997
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1999
    50 maîtres :les arts appliqués dans le Japon contemporain (Hosted by NHK, Paris Mitsukoshi Etoile)
  • 2003
    Japan Traditional Art Crafts 50th Anniversary Exhibition “Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan”
  • 2009
    Solo exhibition at Wako Namiki Hall
  • 2010
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of “Monsha”
  • 2011
    Solo exhibition titled “Living National Treasure Tsuchiya Yoshinori and Monsha – Weaving Mino” (Seki City Toko Shinoda Art Space)
  • 2012
    “Gifu, Masters of Dyeing and Weaving” 3-men Living National Treasure Exhibition (Gifu Prefectural Museum)
  • 2013
    2nd International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa, “The Arts – Grounded in Region” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
    From Crafts to Kogei (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
  • 2014
    Living National Treasure Exhibition (Tokyo National Museum)

Prize

  • 1983
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize and the Excellence Award at the 30th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1966
    Received the Art Festival Award at the Tochigi Art Festival
  • 1971
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 11th Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 1983
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 30th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the President of NHK Prize at the 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1989
    Received the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition Award at the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1993
    Received the Governor of Aichi Award at the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1995
    Received the Governor of Aichi Award at the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the President of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Gifu Citizens Honor Award
  • 1997
    Received the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition Award at the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1999
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2006
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2009
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon