tokyo: murasaki

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japanese artist + art director amane murakami [1975] can be described as a jack of all trades who loves to explore the boundaries of the many crafts he's interested in. the tokyo-based creative recently launched an experimental project in which he dyed traditional handwoven turkish kilims. and obviously, it wasn't done in an easy breezy way. murakami applied aizome or indigo dyeing, an artisanal craft that has been practiced in japan since the 10th century, and one that has yielded a signature hue that has become known the world over as japan blue. the result of this interesting cross-cultural experiment – mind you, the kilims are first decolourized before they're dipped into the deep blue dye – will be put on display at a five-day exhibition entitled murasaki, and which opens at the japanese capital's well-known arts and crafts store brick & mortar on tue - sept 8. location: 1-4-4 naka meguro [naka meguro].

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