vol.24 Iwatate folk textile museum | 岩立フォークテキスタイルミュージアム

Museum | 本・博物館,Tokyo Stroll | 東京きじさんぽ




A small museum in Jiyugaoka.
Hiroko Iwatate has been traveling around the world, mainly to India, for about 50 years since the 1960s, and has collected a number of traditional ethnic costumes.
This year’s exhibition, “Costumes of Syria and its Neighboring Countries," features a couple of dozen costumes and dyed and woven items of pastoralists.

The costumes and daily life accessories, such as wedding rugs, decorated saddles, and ornaments, seem to reveal the way of life of pastoralists traveling in deserts and steppes. A distinctive feature is the use of silk woven together with cotton to make kasuri costumes. The shibori patterns are also wonderful and give a sense of exoticism that is different from that of Japan.

When I wonder how many ethnic groups will be living in traditional costumes in 2021, the collection is a valuable asset. Although I cannot go on a trip with the Corona disaster, I was able to feel the exotic atmosphere even in Tokyo.

一般財団法人 岩立フォーク テキスタイル ミュージアム  Iwatate folk textile museum

The museum has a collection of over 8,000 dyed and woven items and holds exhibitions three times a year. The “fabrics of the earth" produced by nameless peoples around the world are on display.