Sayaka Watanabe

Dye and Weave  KIMONO・OBI

Simplified Personal History

1985 

Born in Nagoya-city, Aichi, Japan

Returning to father’s home town Hiroshima after living

a vagrant life over some time

2000 

Encounter with the art of dyeing and weaving at Hiroshima City University

2003 

Entrance to Kyoto Saga Art University Junior college,

majoring in dyeing and weaving

2004 

Living at Swiss village in Hiroshima Mountain Village International Center

2005-2007

Becoming a disciple of Yoshida homespun atelier

Studying under Mr. Yoshida Kouzou

2007-2011

Continuing studies at the same

2007-2012

Obtaining further guidance “Ujyo lesson” by the ancient dyeing teacher,

the late Mr. Maeda Ujyo

2010-2013

Working at Nara Ohara Kimono Technical college as a part-time teacher

of dyeing and weaving

2013 

Receiving a certificate stating the rare skill “clay dyeing” by Mr. Yoshida Kouzou

2014 

First solo show “祈織展-INORI” at Kyoto traditional gallery, in Shijyo, Kyoto

2016 

Exhibition in TOKYO KIMONO WEEK

in Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store, special Kimonos Salon, Tokyo

 

 

Prize History

 

2009  “-Niwatazumi-“ winning work in Modern homespun craft exhibition of works by the general public, in Komagane Silk Museum, Nagano 

2012  “散華-Sange-“ winning work in the same exhibition

2014  “綺羅-Kira-“ Honorary Director Prize

 

Present execution in Takashima,, Shiga

I’m often asked

whether my family was in the dyeing and weaving business.

Or if my mother liked Kimono too.

But the environment where I grew up

was not at all related to my present field of expertise.

Actually, after I started dyeing and weaving,

I came to know

that my mother in fact did like kimonos

and even was interested in dyeing and weaving.

 

“Why do I dye and weave?”

“Why did I start dyeing and weaving?”

This is personal, but I wrote down my story. 

If you are interested in the story,

please click here.

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