Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll

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This chapter presents the narrative of Mr. Yamaguchi Itaro. Mr. Yamaguchi has spent many years designing and supervising the weaving of four surviving scrolls illustrating scenes from The Tale of Genji. He was engaged in a creative process that involved not merely the reproduction of paintings on textiles, but an artistic translation of the ancient paintings into Nishijin weavings. The Genji scrolls are being woven in Nishijin by three master weavers on wooden handlooms in a traditional small workshop. In 1994, Mr. Yamaguchi donated the first two scrolls to the Guimet Museum in Paris. The art of Nishijin weaving was transferred to Japan from some places on the Silk Road. The development of his weaving company is discussed.

Keywords: Mr. Yamaguchi Itaro; Nishijin; weaving; The Tale of Genji; Genji scrolls; ancient paintings; Guimet Museum

Chapter.  5721 words.  Illustrated.

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