Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Okinawa Landscape, Keisuke Serizawa, 1948

Okinawa Fubutsu (Views of Okinawan), Japan, 1948, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in, dark blue covers, continuous sheet foldout (Japanese folding book) format with a series of panels and a total expanded length of 190 in. Some panels span two leaves and others are contained in a single leaf. There is a blank page (panel) at the beginning and end. The book pictorially illustrates various folk crafts of Okinawa. The illustrations are created through the application of colors using a stencil dying technique which Serizawa was noted for. Serizawa's technique, known as "Katazome" or stencil dyeing, was a pioneering effort in this field of color illustrations. He used paper cutout patterns then applied colors to the stencils. The resulting illustrations appear very similar to the bingata process most often found on textile products of Okinawa.

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