Textiles from Okinawa on Display at Onishi Gallery in Chelsea


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Churanunu: KŌGEI from Okinawa – Okinawa Culture and Spirit Project

Tuesday, November 8 through Saturday, November 12
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Onishi Gallery – 521 W. 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Admission: Free

Onishi Gallery will host Churanunu: KŌGEI from Okinawa, a stunning exhibition organized by Okinawa Prefectural Government that shares the unique fiber arts of Okinawa with the public. This exhibition coincides with Bingata! Only in Okinawa, an exhibition of the traditional resist-dyed fabrics from the prefecture on display at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington D.C., which runs through January 30, 2017.

This exhibition will showcase extraordinary kimono as well as design objects, all made with Okinawa fabric. Many works on display will also be for available for purchase, allowing visitors to take home with them a special treat from Okinawa Prefecture. Onishi Gallery will display in its Gallery A designated works of dyeing and weaving from 11 different production areas representing Ryukyu Bingata, Kijoka Basho-fu, Shuriori, Yuntanza Hanaori, Chibana Hanaori, Ryukyu Kasuri, Kume Island Tsumugi, Miyako Jofu, Yaeyama Jofu, Yaeyama Hanaori, Yonaguni Hanaori. In Gallery B, modern design objects made from traditional techniques will be available for viewing. These 50 pieces were created to meet modern lifestyles while adhering to traditional methods and were created by young artists who balance cutting creativity with traditional influence.

The Gallery Talk on November 9 will feature Hiroshi Jashiki, a New York-based textile designer, and Okinawa-based textile producer Emi Matsumora.

For more information, please visit Onishi Gallery’s website.