The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo has a special exhibit through 24 March on Contemporary Ainu Arts and Crafts. Here is the flyer for the exhibit.
Ted and I have visited the Ainu Museum in Sapporo and seen exhibits at other museums in Japan, but these exhibits were more historical in nature.
I am especially interested in the textiles and clothing. I met my friend Alicia at the museum and we were fascinated by all we saw! There are some distinct patterns in the clothing designs and if I weren’t illiterate, I’d know what they meant. Photographs were not allowed, unfortunately. The first part of the exhibit had old clothing and wood carvings displayed. Next were more contemporary versions of utilitarian items. That section was followed by sections with different artists and their works. I think all of the work was in wood or textiles. The wood carvings were amazing, but like I said, I was especially interested in the textiles. The patterns were made up of applique, couching, and chain stitch, sometimes all three, but not always. I think Ted will be interested in this exhibit too, so I hope I get to go again with him before it closes.
I bought a magazine/booklet in the museum shop. Even though it is in Japanese, I can still look at the pictures. I want to make my own little Ainu design on a project. I’ll have to study the pictures and give it more thought.