Panel, Space Panel No. 5, 1993
Medium: cotton, hemp
Technique: indigo-dyed plain weave.
Gift of Sheila Hicks and Melvin Bedrick. 2009-47-1.
- Designed by Hiroyuki Shindo
What is this?
Irregular pattern of dark blue cloud-like shapes on three off-white panels that are stitched together.
Why is this in our collection?
The Japanese textile artist, Hiroyuki Shindo, has always been enraptured by the colors achieved from natural indigo. For Space Panel No. 5, Shindo explains the dyeing process with the Japanese word okkochi, which means “the eastern wind” and when spoken also suggests “to let fall.” The word describes a kind of dyeing technique developed in Arimatsu about 300 years ago during the Edo period. The story of its origin claims that a wind from the east blew just a corner of kimono fabric into a vat of indigo. From this incident, a new kind of shaped dyeing was born that was less methodical than traditional shibori tie-dye resist and more reflective of the patterns found in nature. In Shindo’s okkochi... more