This dazzling book highlights part of the textile collection of Thomas Murray, a non-European art dealer who, over the years, has assembled a rare collection of Japanese textiles unknown to the French public. Their exceptional state of preservation and their great beauty led to their acquisition by the Minneapolis Institute of Art in March 2019.
Divided into three parts, this book presents three major categories of Japanese textiles and the different weaving techniques associated with them. The extremely rare ones, made by the Ainu people, surprise first of all by their material, their fineness and their singular beauty. The second textiles are called Mingei, a term created by Soestsu Yanagi at the beginning of the 20th century and which means 'folk art'. Used in everyday life, they are imbued with a natural and elegant delicacy. As for the Okinawa chapter, it highlights the creations of this Japanese island known in particular for its bingata, brightly colored textiles with thick lines.
Thanks to splendid reproductions and numerous details, this book testifies to the finesse and creative sumptuousness of Japanese weavers.