Textile Magicians

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Synopsis by Rob Ferrier

This program presents the timeless art of Japanese textile weaving, focusing in particular on their traditions and environmentally friendly methods of production. Chris Zonartu introduces viewers to the lives and work of five exemplary Japanese artisans including Hirouki Shindo, Masakazu Kobayashi, Chiyoko Tanaka, Naomi Kobayashi, and Jun Tomita, who live and work in the cedar forests north of Kyoto, Japan. Those with an interest in traditional crafts or the men who practice them will find this tape of value.