Explore three unique groups of felts in Japan with artist Jorie Johnson: kasen “flower rugs” imported during the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE), part of the Japanese Imperial Household Treasures housed in the Shōsō-in; collections of unusual felts from Japan’s Edo period (1603 – 1868 CE) including hand painted Korean motifs, Chinese paste-resist designs doubling as game boards, and calligraphy felts with fringed borders; and mysterious mōkosen rugs from the 1800s featuring tie-resist patterns, recently connected to a pilot project by Chinese artisans in Nagasaki. Jorie will share her technical observations on these fascinating collections including related felting and dyeing techniques still practiced in Central Asia today.
Presentation (registration required) 11am – 12:30pm
Potluck Social (open to the public) 12:30pm – 2pm
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