In Japan, together with the introduction of Buddhism, the history of fabric woven with waterlily textiles has an extremely deep connection with the Imperial Household that stems from the Asuka era (592-710) as evidenced by the Taima mandala fabric housed in the Taima-dera Temple in Nara Prefecture.
Moreover, today, waterlily textile fabric is also a target of special yearning and sentiment by noted global brands for being scarce, divine, light and moisture-retaining, and is considered to be a rarity
One famous episode is how the Chairman of Loro Piana searched the world over for that fabric to make a jacket 100% woven using waterlily textiles.
In 2002, the late Mikio Senbonmatsu formed the incorporated body called “Waterlily Textile Presentation Ceremony,” and presented the former Emperor with a 20cm-by-20cm waterlily textile wrapping cloth.
The will of the late Mikio Senbonmatsu was carried on by Kiyoaki Kuroda from 2010.
Subsequently, with the great yarns development efforts of Kenichi Kondo(then Taishobo),
a kimono-length roll of cloth made 100% of waterlily textiles that was dyed and weaved by Ayako Ohmizu was created from 2011 to 2018.
Now, in 2019, the Federation of the Presentation of the Waterlily Textile to the Emperor of Japan has welcomed Tamotsu Yagihara, Representative Director and Chairman of Gim Co., Ltd., and Yasuo Wakabayashi, Representative Director and President of Aurora Co. Ltd., to present a roll of cloth to the Imperial Household anew.
The history of the textile industry in Japan is sure to remember this waterlily texture project.
“The birth of life,” “a symbol of fertility” and “a sacred flower from which Buddha was born” are qualities held by waterlilies, which blossom with dignity and in full glory even within muddy waters.
I visited in Myanmar to teach and lecture National weaving school's teachers about a design of hand weaving, the history, and a scarf of global trend to the request from the Government.
The scarves of natural dyed and hand woven that I guided and gave a lecture on the design, techniques and the art in Myanmar are going to be sold by airports in Japan.
I am proud that I could conduce their cultural and artistic accomplishments and smiles at Myanmar.
2017 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi 日本橋三越
2016 [Tanseikai] in Akasaka prince hotel. Hand woven Water lily textile.
Shinjuku Isetan, May.2016
Takashimaya in shinjyuku,Nihonbashi,Futakotamagawa,Kyoto,Osaka and Yokohama, Apr.2016~
Mar.2016 Takashimaya Nihonbashi