Art

Ancient stepwells in Gujarat: Modhera Sun temple & Rani ki Vav

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I think most people who visit India for the first time would head to The Golden Triange for Rajasthan and Agra, whereas Gujarat seems less popular with first-time visitors. I have no question about the beauty and splendidness of Jaipur and Taj Mahal, but I also think that Gujarat is vastly underrated [...]

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Kutch art: Kalamkari & Warli painting

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Besides embroidery and Ajrakh, there is a lesser known ancient art form called Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen-worked'. The 23-step process is either hand-painted or block-printed onto a piece of cloth, and only natural dyes are used. The name Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The two [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Art, Textiles, India, Indian art, Kutch and was tagged with India, Kutch, Indian textiles, Indian art, art, Kalamkari, Warli painting


Nirona village: Rogan art, copper bell & lacquer craft

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Kutch is a fascinating place; besides textiles, there are various other arts and crafts being practised in the region. Located around 35 km north of Bhuj, Nirona village is a small village famous for Rogan art, a rare traditional art form originated from Persia/Sindh, which almost disappeared until efforts to revive it in [...]

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Mumbai's ancient Kanheri Buddhist caves

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

The view of Mumbai's highrise from the top of the hill
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was told by my friends from Mumbai that there isn't much sightseeing to do in the city, yet it is up to the visitors to find out what this city really has to offer. And they [...]

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Manhole cover designs in Japan

Posted on November 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sakura motifs are often featured in Japanese manhole cover designs
 
If you have visited Japan before, you have probably seen the wonderul manhole covers on the pavements all over Japan – it would be hard to miss them! The popularity of these manhole covers has been growing rapidly both locally and overseas, and [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, graphic design, illustrations, Japan, Japanese craft, manhole covers


Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, woodblock printing, Boro and was tagged with Tokyo, art and design exhibitions, fashion, museums, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, Boro, Amuse museum


Japanese textiles workshop (Part 2): Katagami & Katazome

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Top: a visit and demonstration of katagami by the Ise-Katagami artisan Isao Uchida

 
Like I mentioned in my previous entry, my knowledge on traditional Japanese textiles techniques was quite minimal before the workshop. I have done some shibori techniques like itajime and pole wrapping, but I have never done any stitch shibori nor [...]

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Hiroshi Sugimoto's masterpiece: The Enoura Observatory in Odawara

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

The cute Nebukawa Station first opened in 1922 but was swept away (along with a train full of passengers) by a landslide a year later. Hundred of people were killed during this disaster, and there is a memorial at the station that commemorates this tragic incident
 
After I left Atami, I took the [...]

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Houkusai & Hirashige's ukiyo-e exhibition at MOA Atami

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
After my visit to Kyu Hyuga Bettei, I headed back to the train station to take a free shuttle bus to the MOA Museum of Art situated on the top of hill that overlooks the sea. Like Miho Museum in Kyoto, this private museum was opened in 1982 by the Mokichi Okada [...]

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Mino washi museum & Akari Art Gallery

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
One of places I wanted to visit in Mino was the Mino washi museum. Yet the museum is located about half an hour's drive from the town centre, and there are no buses that could get me there. After enquiring at the tourist office (inside a washi paper stationery shop), the [...]

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