Kokyo Hatanaka Collection -Masterpieces of old India textiles

Tuesday, August 8 to Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ever since Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498, India’s dyed textiles have been exported worldwide through frequent trade, and have captivated people across the globe. Cotton chintz, a kind of calico cloth hand-painted or printed with patterns, was imported to Japan as well in the early modern era and highly prized as wrapping cloth or under-sheets for the tea ceremony. Since Japan did not have any techniques at the time for dyeing cotton cloth in bright colors, the dyed Indian fabrics from across the ocean must have enchanted Japanese people. This exhibition features about 100 selected pieces from the Indian dyeing and weaving collection of the Japanese painter Kokyo Hatanaka. They are displayed in their original form as fabrics so that the wide viewing surface gives a sense of their true beauty. The exhibition also includes highlights from Hatanaka’s collection of Indian miniatures.


Duration Tuesday, August 8 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
AdmissionGeneral: 500 yen ( 400 yen ); University Students: 400 yen (320 yen); High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 250 yen( 200 yen); Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen ( 80 yen )
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for groups of ten or more and for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays and during the summer vacation.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMonday, August 14; Monday, August 21; Monday, August 28; Monday, September 4; Monday, September 11; Tuesday, September 19 *During the course of the exhibition, some of the works will be changed.