Mary Taguchi’s timeless, much-loved work with Japanese indigo dyed country cottons is now housed in Braidwood NSW, at Mingei Studio. The outlet at Mingei Studio is a charming small space, in an 1860s coach house. Designing/making/completed work is here and visits can be arranged by appointment.
Mingei, the crafts movement of the 1920s in Japan, acknowledges the unconscious arts of anonymous craftsmen; simple, beautiful, functional wares for everyday use, made from clay, cotton, bast fibres, wood, metal and bamboo.
It is indigo dye that makes the beautiful blues of the rustic country cotton textiles of Japan. Working with dyers and weavers of families who have spent a lifetime in this work, Mary Taguchi has researched and collected patterns from the past.
Together with a long academic involvement in Japanese language teaching methodology, Mary Taguchi has simultaneously had much involvement in the history and function of Japanese indigo-dyed cotton textiles.