Display On now until Sunday, 15 November 2020

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.

  • 19 – 20 September 2020
    24 – 27 September 2020
    1 – 4 October 2020
    8 – 11 October 2020
    15 – 18 October 2020
    22 – 25 October 2020
    29 October – 1 November 2020
    5 – 8 November 2020
    12 – 15 November 2020

  • The Toshiba Gallery - Japan, V&A South Kensington

  • 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