Warin Boonyaputthipong

  • Assitant Professor, Division of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University
  • Thailand
    • Traditional Culture/Cultural Heritage
  • The Asia Center Fellowship Program
  • Grant Year: Fiscal Year 2016
July 03, 2016 - July 23, 2016
Country of Activity

Spirit of Nature: A comparison study of Okinawa and Isan Dyeing and Weaving

This project is a study of textile design and production in Okinawa, Japan, in a comparison with that of Isan, northeast Thailand. Okinawa and Isan both have a long history of traditional textile crafts. Although each has its own remarkable textile crafts and cultures, they share some common techniques and inspirations. Evidently, nature is a source of creativity in both dyeing and weaving materials, as well as patterns. The study in Okinawa was carried out in two parts. Firstly, there were field trips to the main weaving and dyeing areas where interviews and practicing took place. Secondly, there was a workshop with a local artist. The objectives of the project were to compare the design, methods of dyeing and weaving methods of Isan, Thailand and Okinawa, Japan, create textile art inspired by or combined with the design or methods of Isan and Okinawan textile craft while creating textile-artist and designer-network relationships between the two countries to foster future collaborations.

Main Cities of Activity
Host Institution(s) / Individual(s)
Misa Ogura (Artist, Nontomi Studio)
Yoshiko Tawada (Craft Artist)
Activity Reports
Activity of a Bingata Workshop at Nontomi Studio (305KB)
Report on the activity result and circumstances of dyeing and weaving in Okinawa (1MB)

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