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Keisuke Serizawa

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Keisuke Serizawa
photographed in 1941
Keisuke Ōishi

(1895-05-13)May 13, 1895
DiedApril 5, 1984(1984-04-05) (aged 88)
Known fortextile designer

Keisuke Serizawa (芹沢 銈介, Serizawa Keisuke, May 13, 1895 – April 5, 1984) was a Japanese textile designer. In 1956, he was designated as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government for his katazome stencil dyeing technique. A leading member of the mingei movement founded by Yanagi Sōetsu, Serizawa visited Okinawa several times and learned the Ryūkyū bingata techniques of dyeing.[1] Chōsuke Serizawa (Archaeologist) was his son.[2]

His folk-art productions included kimono, paper prints, wall scrolls, folding screens, curtains, fans, and calendars.[3][4] He also produced illustrated books, including Don Quixote,[5] Vincent van Gogh and A Day at Mashiko.

In 1981, the Municipal Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum was opened in the city of Shizuoka. Another museum, the Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum was opened in 1989 in Sendai. Other museums that hold his work include the Brooklyn Museum,[6] the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[7] the Harvard Art Museums,[5] the Seattle Art Museum,[3] the British Museum,[4] the University of Michigan Museum of Art,[8] and the Museum of New Zealand.[9]

"The distinguishing trait of Serizawa's katazome method is the use of the starch mixture to create, not a colored area as is current in direct-dyeing process, but a blank, undyed one that forms a part of the pattern and that can later be colored by hand in multi-color or monochrome as the designer sees fit."[10]


  1. ^ Joe Earle and Kim Brandt. Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design (Japan Society Series). Yale University Press, 144 pag. 2009 , ISBN 0300150474, ISBN 978-0300150476
  2. ^ 日本人名大辞典+Plus,百科事典マイペディア,世界大百科事典内言及, デジタル版. "芹沢長介とは". コトバンク (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Serizawa Keisuke". SAMBlog. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  4. ^ a b "calendar; print | British Museum". The British Museum. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  5. ^ a b Harvard. "From the Harvard Art Museums' collections Set of 36 Stencils for Illustrated Don Quixote (Ehon Don Kihōte)". harvardartmuseums.org. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Museum". www.brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  7. ^ "Serizawa Keisuke | Map of Traditional Rural Potteries in Present-day Japan | Japan | Shōwa period (1926–89)". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  8. ^ "Exchange: Calendar". exchange.umma.umich.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  9. ^ "Loading... | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa". collections.tepapa.govt.nz. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  10. ^ Keisuke Serizawa, The Stencil Artist, Volume 1. Tokyo, Tsukiji Shokan Publishing Company , Ltd., distributed by the Maruzen Co., Ltd, 1967.

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