Milan Design Week 2019Hyakka installation
by Rimpa school artist,
Kamisaka Sekka

9 AprilTUE - 14 AprilSUN, 2019

Palazzo Litta, Milan Italy

Kyoto’s Nishijin brocadeKawashima Selkon TextilesIn Milano Design Week 2019,
show the variety of textiles in traditional and innovative technique.

Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of woven textiles originating from the Nishijin area of Kyoto. As the leading brand in the woven textile industry, we apply the latest technology to traditional aesthetics in the production of a wide range of fabrics, ranging from obi (sash) for kimonos, drop curtains for theaters, and decorative artwork, to interior fabrics.

As a part of our activities aimed at considering the future of woven textiles and Kawashima Selkon Textiles in the next century, our company is exhibiting for the first time at Milan Design Week, the world’s largest design festival held in Milan, Italy. For this event, we will be presenting woven textiles in the form of an installation, created through a variety of traditional and advanced techniques that our company takes pride in.

For the theme of the display, we selected Hyakka (a hundred flowers), designed and produced for Kawashima Selkon Textiles by Kamisaka Sekka, the Rimpa school artist and craft designer who has attracted many fans not only in Japan but also abroad. Masaaki Hiromura, graphic designer and Representative Director of Japan Creative, is in charge of artistic direction. The harmony achieved through the interweaving of the latest technology with the delicate craftsmanship of the textile art that Japan takes pride in, has resulted in a sweet and elegant spatial composition.

Kawashima Selkon Textiles continues to pursue the possibilities of woven textiles, created through the fusion of the latest technology with traditional techniques developed over more than 170 years since the company’s founding.

Summary of the event

Title HYAKKA craft ⇄ industry
Opening Hours 9 April (TUE) – 14 April (SUN), 2019
10:00 – 20:00
Venue Palazzo Litta, 2F YELLOW 9, Corso Magenta, 24, 20121 Milan

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Artistic Director
Masaaki Hiromura
Graphic designer,
Representative Director of Japan Creative

Hiromura is a graphic designer who has produced numerous impressive works, as well as the creative director of the Japan Creative project, which aims to spread the excellent Japanese aesthetic as well as its technology rooted in tradition within Japan and abroad. He resonates with Kawashima Selkon Textiles’ philosophy and activities of pursuing the latest technology while cherishing history and traditional techniques, and has realized the artistic direction of the installation.

Major work
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Yokosuka Museum of Art, 9h nine hours, Sumida Aquarium, Abeno Harukas, Sogo & Seibu, Loft, etc.
Major awards
Mainichi Design Awards, KU/KAN Award, SDA Award, Good Design Gold Award, etc.

Kamisaka Sekka and Hyakka

Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) was an artist and craft designer of the Rimpa school, and had also previously drawn designs for Kawashima Selkon Textiles. Demonstrating his talents as a producer through a scope of work that included dyeing and weaving, ceramics, lacquer art, and interior décor for buildings and rooms, he became the first Japanese to be featured on the front cover of “Le Monde d’Hermes” in 2001.

“Hyakka” is a design that Sekka drew for interior décor textiles manufactured by Kawashima Selkon Textiles. Comprising a myriad of scattered flowers, this design is still well-loved by many people more than a century after its production. It is used as the design for a wide range of woven textiles such as obi and curtains, and has become one of the representative designs of the company.