Opening: Friday, June 26, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the JDZB
Introduction: Dr. Claudius Müller, Director of the Munich State Museum of Ethnology
Music: Ensemble Otone
Opening Hours: Mon thru Thu 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Showing until September 30, 2009
No Entrance Fee
The town of Mino is located in Gifu Prefecture, east of Kyôto in the center of Japan. Mino is one of the more renowned places where Japan paper (washi) is produced. Washi (wa means Japan, shi means paper) is an indispensable element of traditional Japanese culture and is used for all types of Japanese paintings, calligraphy, documents, and arts and crafts. Mino Washi – similar to other Japan paper – is made out of fibres, bast or bark of Kôza, Gampi or Mitsumata (species of the paper mulberry trees). Thus the paper is a completely natural product, and eventually returns to nature.
Ms ICHIHARA Keiko, born in Mino, uses traditional techniques to produce paper, she has also reinvigorated some of the techniques by creating different products: clothing for daily life and special occasions (e.g. weddings), jewellery and various decorative objects. Her works are washable – similar to products made out of cotton and other natural fibers – and can be used until they’re worn out.
All of the 300 pieces on display in this exhibition are made out of Mino Washi, and include T-shirts, handtowels, umbrellas, bowls, vases and clocks, among other objects. The exhibition clearly reveals how paper can be used in many different ways.