Mr. Thomas Laurien, a researcher at Gothenburg University, helped us for our event at the Museum of World Culture. He is researching Japanese textile and design. Our company staff Sugiura contacted him and we visited the university to meet him.
When Thomas came back with tea, he told us that he prepared the bread and berry juice for us. The bread was local specialty. He recommended us to eat it with berry juice. The berry juice was thick and sweet. I get used to sweet foods since I lived in US. But I thought this juice has rich calorie.
Thomas showed us the textile he designed. He told us that recently Japanese culture, fashion and animation are popular among young Swedish people. In his childhood, few people enjoyed making tie dye at home, but when Japanese tie-dye textile came in from Japan, tie-dye immediately become popular and famous in Sweden. Now, “Popular in Japan” or “Japanese things” are recognized as catchy things in Sweden. This story reminds me that European brands looked really cool in my childhood. I was surprised at a heightened visibility of our culture.
He also collaborates with designer and makes his world with shape of the clothes. I remember this picture’s art theme is “King”. I saw some of the European style arts in his work.
Making these design and clothes, Thomas studies Japanese kimono history, textile technique and additionally, he has detailed knowledge of Japanese culture.
We discussed a lot about tea ceremony. I love one of the tea ceremony rooms, “ZANGETSU no MA”, meaning the room of the moon at dawn in Japanese
When we left the university, we shook our hands and said “Let’s keep in touch”. I had a really good time talking with him. He reminded me of the tea ceremony and I really felt I will appreciate the present moment.
|This is one of his works. You can see airplane left side of the shoulder. Is this expressing sky? From his slide show.|