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ARCHIVED Tradition and Modernity in Kaga Yuzen Dyeing

Wednesday 16 November 2022 / 6:30pm
Tradition and Modernity in Kaga Yuzen Dyeing

Wednesday 16 November 2022


The Swedenborg Society
20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St)
London WC1A 2TH

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Kaga yūzen is a traditional dyeing technique that is used in the creation of fabrics for kimono. Join us for a special talk with master of kaga yūzen, Hitoshi Maida. This in-person event will not only allow us to engage with the speaker directly, it will also give us the opportunity to see and touch examples of work he will bring in to display, as well as the chance to see a demonstration by a master of the art.

One of the best ways to experience Kanazawa’s history is through its cultural heritage, with kaga yūzen dyeing being one of the best-known traditions in Ishikawa prefecture. This technique allows for stunning and realistic depictions of the beauties of nature, and the colouring of any design in kaga yūzen is where the skills of the artist shine, requiring great experience and creativity.

Third generation artisan Hitoshi Maida is one of Kanazawa’s most prized practitioners of kaga yūzen. His skill and proficiency have been rewarded with a committee position on the Kanazawa Craft Council, and he was awarded the Mayor’s Top Prize at the 71st Kanazawa Craft Exhibition. He produces kimono designs that integrate the beauty of nature with geometrical patterns. Hitoshi Maida is most known for his continued efforts to uphold tradition whilst also looking for new ways to incorporate kaga yūzen into modern life.

If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email

Image: Work by Kenji Maida

Another talk by an artist from Ishikawa Prefecture, Hitoshi Maida, will take place on Thursday 24 November 2022. Find out more here.

This event is organised with the Japan Foundation and IndigoRose Project


Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


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