Established and expanded ”kataezome”
Keisuke Serizawa was born in Shizuoka Prefecture in the 28th year of Meiji (1895), and he graduated from Tokyo Higher Technical School (now Tokyo Institute of Technology), faculty of design. Afterwards, he was greatly influenced by his lifelong teacher Muneyoshi Yanagi, and also by the traditional stencil dyeing of Okinawa called ”bingata”, and he himself started dyeing cloth and paper using paper patterns of tannin paper and dye-resistant -glue made of sticky rice.
In 1957, when he was designated a Living National Treasure, the word ”kataezome” was coined to describe the technique he used. He is responsible for establishing and developing ”kataezome”, the art of stencil dyeing.
Numerous works and a huge collection
Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum is situated in the 2nd building of the Kunimi campus of Tohoku Fukushi University, and it consists of six exhibition rooms on the first, 5th and 6th floors.
Another characteristic of the museum is, that it owns and displays a collection of folk art which Serizawa had collected from around the world. The items collected from China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America and North America, are given added value through the aesthetic eyes of Serizawa, and are called ”his other creation”.
Tohoku and Keisuke Serizawa
Serizawa had a deep relationship with the Tohoku region. He empathized with ”the Japanese Folk Craft Movement” advocated by Yanagi Muneyoshi, became one of its leading members. He was devoted to replace the value of folk craft that existed in the everyday life of the Japanese as well as those items which had not been regarded as artistically valuable. The word ”folk craft” itself was born out of this movement.
The works in the Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum lauded their beauty quietly, even after several decades. ”They are traditional but modern. They don’t feel old at all though they are from more than fifty years ago.” said Nakata. A museum in a university. We would definitely recommend a visit.
- Tohoku Fukushi University Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum
- Tohoku Fukushi University 1-8-1 Kunimi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
- URL http://www.tfu.ac.jp/kogeikan/