Ryoko Haraguchi : Indo - Japanese collaboration

Ryoko Haraguchi : Indo - Japanese collaboration

Haraguchi has been visiting India since she first came here for the brand Muji in 1986. Since then her fascination with Indian textiles continues. She works with Indian weavers and integrates Japanese  dyeing techniques into her designs. 

Using silk fabrics, Haraguchi’s designs marry techniques of weaving, stitchwork and traditional Japanese methods of ‘Itajime’ (board dyeing) and Kakishibu (persimmon dyeing). Itajime is a method of creating patterns through resist dyeing, similar to tie-dye. Itajime is a traiditional Japanese dyeing technique where the fabric is folded and sandwiched between boards that have grooves on them known as Itajime boards. The fabric is folded several times in differing tensions to give different effects and hence each piece created is one of a kind.
Kakishibu is a natural dye derived from juicing unripe persimmons. The juice is then fermented to create the final product, a tannin which can be used in many domestic situations. 

Her works aim to highlight the importance and the contribution of Japanese and Indian sensibilities to the world of textiles and offer textile enthusiasts a wonderful opportunity to engage with innovative textiles that emerge out of this creative transcultural collaboration.