Friday, March 9, 2012

Fujiyoshida exhibit sneak peek

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is about to wrap up installing its new Van Briggle exhibit, but next week, according to cultural services manager Matt Mayberry, it will begin work on installing its exhibit honoring Colorado Springs' sister city, Fujiyoshida, next week. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of our sibling partnership.

One of the items in the show is a tapestry donated by the Japanese city, which was presented to Mayor Bach and City Council in January. Like us, Fujiyoshida is a tourist destination, and lies beneath a famous mountain (that would be Fuji-san), however, it is also known for its textiles.

A detail of the tapestry.
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  • A detail of the tapestry.

Here's the background on the piece from Mayberry:

It is titled "Genji Monogatari" or "Tale of Genji" after a famous Japanese novel by Murasaki Shikibu. The book has a character that wore many layers of elegant colored kimono. The tapestry has a very complex and traditional design, which displays lively and beautiful natural colors. Such textiles have been manufactured in and around Fujiyoshida for over a thousand years, and this generous gift captures the long history of cultivated skill and technology. It is a meaningful symbol of the importance of our sister city relationship.

The exhibit opens March 24. Look out for more sister city celebrations later this year.

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