FUJI TEXTILE WEEK 2023 “BACK TO THREAD”
Japan's only “cloth art festival” that weaves together the traditional textile industry with contemporary art, held in Hataorimachi at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of being registered as a World Heritage in 2023.
“FUJI TEXTILE WEEK,” the only “cloth art festival” in Japan that combines the traditional textile industry with contemporary art, was created as a place to explore new possibilities for textiles through artistic expression using thread and cloth from Fujiyoshida City, a textile production center that has continued for over 1,000 years.
For its third year, the theme this year is “BACK TO THREAD.”
Since this area had not been suitable for farming due to its climate and soil quality, it developed as a production center for the processes of sericulture, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Later, as various changes were happening in society, imports of thread shifted to other regions, and manufacturing within this local area was greatly affected by how thread was being supplied. In recent years, due in part to the soaring cost of supplying thread, producers and consumers have expanded their awareness to care more about materials and environmental issues.
A wide array of events will be held during the exhibition period, including art exhibits by artists from Japan and abroad, design exhibits that showcase traditional textile of Kai silk with contemporary-style designs, and a market for discounted goods with imperfections. In honor of Mt. Fuji's 10th anniversary of being registered as a World Heritage, special access will be given to the Mt. Fuji viewing spot of “FUJI SKY ROOF,” and a photo contest will also be held.