Textile Magicians: Japan

Video #vC01

video by Cristo Zañartu
52min 1996 VHS
Masakazu Kobayashi, Naomi Kobayashi, Jun Tomita, Hiroyuki Shindo,
Chiyoko Tanaka

An exceptional and poetic voyage through the worlds of five contemporary Japanese textile artists living and working in harmony with nature in the cedar forests north of Kyoto.

"I could not help but admire the video's technical excellence... The inventiveness, skill and playfulness of these artists is everywhere evident, as when Tanaka is shown rubbing a piece of cloth on a great slab of rock to extract a kind of engraving, Tomita makes a small drawing and then brings it to life on the loom, or Shindo hangs his banners and lets them wave in the wind...truly magical and lives up to even the most exhalted ideas one might have about Japanese culture."

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