Okinawan Weaver to Showcase Ryukyu Indigo at Tenri Gallery

Okikazu Maeshiro Solo Exhibition: OKINAWA BLUES

Wednesday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 10
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: Free

Tenri Cultural Institute will host the first solo exhibition in New York by Okinawa-born weaver Okikazu Maeshiro. In OKINAWA BLUES, Tenri will showcase Maeshiro’s current works expressing the blue color that connects the world, using natural lye-fermented Ryukyu indigo and the traditional Okinawan technique of Kasuri weaving.

I weave the waves of the blue ocean to the rhythm of nature”

About Okikazu Maeshiro

Maeshiro pursues nature and technique in his creative work. His themes depict the power of nature and the wonderful scenery he has encountered through surfing.

A spinal cord disease rendered Maeshiro paralyzed in the lower part of his body, and he has been confined to a wheelchair for eight years. Three years ago, he and a woodworker developed a unique loom with that allows him to weave while in his wheelchair, allowing him to restart the production of his craft.

Watch this YouTube video of Maeshiro’s deliberate dyeing and weaving process to produce beautiful and wearable works of art.

About Tenri Cultural Institute

Founded in 1991, Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the study of Japanese language, the appreciation of international art forms, and to foster understanding and harmony in the community.

Through its diverse programs, the Institute hopes to draw together the multi-ethnic people of New York City to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. For more information, please visit Tenri’s website.