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Treasures from John’s Collection: Pigments
This is really and for truly Ryuukyuu bingata. While a simple and traditional motif of toy horses, this piece manages to capture the essence of true bingata in its surrealistic use of colors and shadings.
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Toy Horses by Iuchi Aijirou on Bashoufu, Mounted as a Scroll with Silk Borders
This image was dyed using natural pigments on a fabric long associated with Okinawa, bashoufu (芭蕉布), woven from the fibers of a banana-like plant.  The artist is Iuchi Aijirou (井内愛次郎 琉球大学) of Ryuukyuu University. It was finished in January of 1969, and is stamped with the characters for Ryuukyuu University (琉球大学少印).
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Notice how the accent colors, called kumadori (隈取り), are used to give the image a sense of volume but in no way attempts to add realistic shading to the figure. The bold colors of the kumadori (accent marks) give bingata a distinctive and exotic tropical look, greatly adding to the appeal of this traditional art form.
Information About Artist Found on Back of Scroll
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Through an entirely different source, I came into a piece of fabric dyed in a nearly identical manner to the image above. It is dyed on thin, cotton sheeting, but otherwise it is not much inferior to the sample above.
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Toy Horses, Artistu Unknown, Natural Pigments on Cotton Sheeting
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