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Wednesday, 7th November 2012
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First international exhibition of Meiji textiles held outside of Japan

Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is presenting the first exhibition devoted to the art of Meiji textiles ever to be hosted outside of Japan.

"Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan" will introduce the lesser well-known but just as amazing ornamental textiles that were created for the Western market throughout Japan's Meiji era, from 1868 to 1912.

This era encompassed the famous period of "Japonisme", during which the European Impressionist painters explored styles and themes derived from Japanese art and Victorian rooms overflowed with Japanese decorative arts and crafts.

Throughout this era, Japanese artists produced prints, ceramics, metalwork and lacquerware, as well as embroideries, resist-dyed silk, velvet panels, grand tapestries and appliqué work.

The exhibition will show around 40 examples of the highest-quality Meiji textiles from the recently acquired collection of the Kiyomizu-Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto.

Collected from around the world, this collection is one of the "finest and most comprehensive of its type in existence," said the museum.

Also on display will be special pieces from the Ashmolean’s own collections.

"We are honoured to be the very first museum to exhibit this extraordinary collection to the public," said Dr Christopher Brown, director of the Ashmolean.

Beginning today, November 7th and ending January 27th 2013, the exhibition will showcase the rich artistic period that was, the Meiji era.

Posted by Mark Smith