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Singing the Blues: Traditional Japanese Indigo

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Talk by John Marshall.


DATE  Friday, December 8, 2017
TIME   7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm
LOCATION   Morikami Theater
PRICE   $10 (members $7)
*Advance ticket purchase required

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Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.


Singing the Blues is a lively and informative presentation on the rich diversity and enduring beauty of traditional Japanese indigo. Marshall highlights a range of textiles from his own collection, including work by Living National Treasures. Participants are welcome to bring treasures from their own collection for John to comment upon, as time allows.

John Marshall began as an apprentice to traditional craftspeople in Japan at the age of seventeen. He has spent the past half century researching and sharing his knowledge of Japanese textiles. Specializing in katazome, with natural dyes on natural fibers, his work has been carried by Bergdorf Goodman, and exhibited at the Textile Museum; and has had shows sponsored by both Kodansha and the US State department, to name just a few venues. He is eager to share his love of this rich cultural heritage.