Display On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019

In Search of Forgotten Colours

This display explores the work of Kyoto's celebrated Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop. It is complemented by four short documentary films.

  • Thursday, 2 August 2018 – Sunday, 27 January 2019

  • The Toshiba Gallery - Japan

  • Free event

In Search of Forgotten Colours photo

Master of colour Sachio Yoshioka succeeded as fifth-generation head of Kyoto’s Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in 1988. The workshop uses only plants and other natural materials to produce a wide range of extremely beautiful colours. Yoshioka has been especially active in reviving ‘forgotten’ colours like those found on textiles preserved in the 8th-century Shosoin Imperial Repository in Nara. We are also showing four short documentary films exploring this fascinating world taken in 8K UHD – the first use of this state-of-the-art technology in a UK museum.
See our original documentary series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OiG-WjbCQA