Takako Saito

Patterns are engraved with the design motifs of trees, plants, and flowers; I carry out all processes from stencil printing, painting, and up to the tacking of the kimono. I incorporate the natural formations and colors of plants into one kimono piece, and aim at highly creative and original designs and expressions.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Textiles
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Chairman, Japan Kogei Association Eastern Japan Branch Kanagawa Study Group
    President, Takako Saito Katae-zome Class

Career

  • 1942
    Born in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo
  • 1965
    Graduated from the Department of Crafts (Ceramics) in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1965
    Worked at the Dyeing Studio of the Tokyo Craft Design Institute
  • 1970
    Left the studio and started dyeing works at home
  • 1971
    Founded the Women’s Craft Group “Kan”, and held group exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi for the next 10 years
  • 1971
    Textile trip to Indonesia
  • 1972
    Textile trip to Okinawa
  • 1974
    Textile trip to India
  • 1975
    Founded the Women’s Craft Group “Toakekai”, and held group exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi for the next 13 years
  • 1975
    Textile trip to India
  • 1978
    Textile trip to India
  • 1980
    Part-time assistant at the Textile Arts Course in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1982
    Resigned as a part-time assistant at the Textile Arts Course in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Became a lecturer at the Dyeing Laboratory of the Bunka Women’s University
  • 1986
    Held the Saito Takako Kataezome Works Exhibition at the 6th floor Kogei Salon of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi. Held 3 solo exhibitions to date
  • 1990
    Resigned as a lecturer at the Dyeing Laboratory of the Bunka Women’s University
  • 1994
    Started holding dyeing classes at home
  • 1995
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1997
    Part-time lecturer at the Textile Arts Laboratory in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 2008
    Retired as a part-time lecturer at the Textile Arts Laboratory in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Award

  • 1998
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 32nd Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2003
    Received the Eastern Branch Award at the 43rd Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 2006
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 40th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2007
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the 41st Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the Sanyo Shimbun Award at the 42nd Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
  • 2010
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner’s Award at the 44th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition