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Updated: July 31, 2019

Churashima Textiles-the Magic of Color and Pattern 美ら島からの染と織 ─色と文様のマジック

The Shoto Museum of Art, 2-14-14 Shoto, Shibuya City, Tokyo
2019-08-10 - 2019-09-23

Introducing Ryukyu island culture through dyed fabrics, including national treasure bingata

Until the Meiji era, Okinawa prefecture prospered as the Ryukyu Kingdom. This exhibition showcases the unique textile culture that developed there through dyed fabrics handed down from the Kingdom’s Sho dynasty, including national treasure-level bingata textiles. Through the exhibition of exquisite examples made of abaca basho cloth and jofu woven fabric of specific plants, alongside tools and patterns used in bingata, visitors can develop a deeper understanding of the techniques involved, and of dyed and woman textile culture in general. These techniques have been kept alive to this day, and the event includes exhibitions of the work of living national treasures, providing a look at the current state of Okinawan dyed and woman textiles.
*Some pieces will be replaced during the exhibition period.

How to Get There

  • Shinsen Station | West Exit | 5 min on foot
    Inokashira Line
  • Shibuya Station | Hachiko Exit | 15 min on foot
    JR Lines | Tokyo Metro | Tokyu Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-18:00
    *Open until 20:00 on Fridays
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: August 12, September 16 and September 23
    *Closed on the following Tuesdays: August 13 and September 17




*Discounts available for students, seniors and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • English |
  • Elevator | Automatic doors | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Wheelchair loan |
    *Wheelchairs are lent to visitors free of charge
    *Parking spaces for visitors with disabilities are available; please contact the museum

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