“Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics” at NYC’s Japan Society

This centuries-old craft and its contemporary influence are on show at the learning center

Designed by NYC-based architecture firm SO-IL, the Japan Society‘s Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics exhibition introduces audiences to folklorist and cultural anthropologist Chuzaburo Tanaka’s personal collection of vintage Japanese pieces along with contemporary garments by pioneers of Japanese fashion like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto. The presentation bridges the gap between new and old, dually representing anonymous individuals who forged this medium …

Our Visit With the Traditional Ikat Weaving Artisans In Amami Ōshima, Japan

Celebrating a historic Japanese craft at risk of being forgotten

It’s not surprising that Japan and its incredible craft culture is changing along with that in other parts of the world, with new techniques, often enabled by technology, creating similar products to those painstakingly created by hand. Companies that have been in business for hundreds of years, often family owned, are increasingly giving up their traditional craft or fighting to stay relevant and financially stable. …

Design Brands Making Strides With Sustainability

As we grow more and more conscious of the impact of our purchases—be that in food, fashion and beyond—it’s important to be aware of brands doing their best to move sustainability forward. Dezeen recently put together a list of eight lighting, textile and furniture brands (from Kvadrat to Tala) that are making strides in this realm. Some of the companies run factories that operate on …