National Identity and Craft Industry: Takashi Ueda and Japanese leather paper


An important export for Japan, Japanese leather paper was in high demand in Britain during the late 19th Century and attracted architects and designers including William Burges, Edward William Godwin and Christopher Dresser.

Yasuko Suga will introduce the history of the craft; she will discuss how – as used politically by both Japan and the West – it has been emphasised as both national and exotic in character.

Suga will also introduce the late twentieth century movement to revive Japanese leather paper’s original method of production. This movement was led by craftsman Takashi Ueda, whose work is the subject of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation’s current exhibition Kinkarakami: Takashi Ueda and the art of Japanese leather paper.


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