Since the dawn of history, people have created textiles from the climate and conditions of their own land. In this forested land of Yamagata, two particular dyestuffs abound, namely benibana and indigo. The students of the textile course cultivate their own dye plants from seedlings, and when the crop is grown, they pick the flowers and make their own dyestuffs. In dyeing thread and fabric and weaving the threads, it is as if those flowers have given fruit to new expression which harnesses its power directly from nature.
Combined Materials Study
In order to learn rich, contemporary expressive methods that occur in the textiles that form part of our daily lives, it is important to come into contact with a diverse range of materials. Working in conjunction with other craft courses, students challenge themselves to create three-dimensional works that combine textiles with other media such as lacquer, metal or ceramics.
In Search of Expression
Textiles are something close to us in our day-to-day lives. Whether used in fashion or interior design, they are linked to us in a myriad of ways. By starting with the fundamental techniques, and actually experiencing different materials and techniques, students develop and refine their own sensibilities, and set out in search of new possibilities for textiles to use in their own distinctive forms of expression.