Japanese craft

I get confused between my Mingei (a Japanese folk art movement from the early 20th century) and my Wabi-Sabi (more of an aesthetic attitude or philosophy), but there’s no denying the beauty of traditional Japanese craft.

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‘the mingei spirit in japan, from folk craft to design’ (an exhibition showing in Paris from the end of September to January 11th ’09)

“this exhibition considers the links between traditional craft objects and the impact of industrialization.  it presents the influences of yanagi on craft traditions and the mixed relations between the traditional and modern aspects of the objects on show. the aesthetic and technical qualities of local japanese traditions are highlighted from when they were originally made to the moment when they found themselves threatened by the standardization of globalisation.”

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