Shishi Ori-nui & Makiage Shibori Tenugui
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Folded-edge stitch-resist, bound-resist, & small capped-resist in lion pattern
Technique: Ori-nui Shibori - Folded-edge stitch resist drawn up tight before dyeing / Makiage Shibori - Stitching and crisscross binding in the shape of a motif. Process illustrations are from the book “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing” by Wada, Rice, and Barton. (c)1983
Pattern: Shishi - Lion, but it can also refer to dogs that have magical properties. Stone shishi carvings are commonly used as architectural elements, flanking entryways or placed under the eaves of Shinto shrines to ward off evil spirits. Shishi are often depicted in pairs, one with mouth open and the other with mouth shut. The opened mouth relates to Ah, the first sound in the Japanese alphabet; while Un (closed mouth) is the last. These two sounds symbolize beginning and end, birth and death, etc. The lion dance originally came from China where performers in lion costume mimic lion movements to bring good luck and fortune. The dance is traditionally done during New Year celebrations in Japan.
Approximately 1m x 35cm (39in x 13in)
Handmade in Arimatsu, Japan
Tenugui are scarf-size, all-purpose towels made of lightweight cotton, used in Japan for centuries and recently popularized and collected because of their beautiful patterns and graphic designs.
Ukiyo-e examples: Utagawa Yoshitora (1862) & Utagawa Toyokuni I (1789-1868) & Katsushika Hokusai (1795-1812)
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