Floral Cosmology
Traditions in Dyeing, Weaving, and Ornaments


Flyer of FORAL COSMOLOGY exhibition

The exhibition organizers searched for images of the “tree of life”—which appears at times vividly and at times surreptitiously in the modern lives of people in Asia—in Asian dyed works, textiles, ornaments, crowns and festival tools, and tools for everyday living. Then they attempted to decode the meanings and ideas these images signify. From August to November 1992 the exhibition toured four cities as part of the “Southeast Asian Festival ’92,” a large festival presenting a comprehensive showcase of Southeast Asian culture.

Dates & Venue
August 11–23, 1992
Fukuoka City Museum
(Tokyo) September 13–24, 1992
Laforet Museum, Harajuku
(Hiroshima) September 30–October 5, 1992
Alpark Tenmaya, Hiroshima
(Osaka) November 18–29, 1992
Kirin Plaza Osaka
Supervisors Sugiura Kohei (Graphic Designer)
Organizers The Southeast Asian Festival '92 Executive Committee; The Japan Foundation; Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Tokyo Metropolitan Culture Foundation; The Southeast Asian Festival '92 Osaka Steering Committee; The Asian Exchange Promotion Executive Committee; Fukuoka City Government; Fukuoka International Association; Asian Month Committee; Laforet HARAJUKU*; Fukuoka City Museum**; Kirin Plaza Osaka***
*Tokyo only **Fukuoka only ***Osaka only
Support The Ministry of Foreign Affairs; The Embassy of Brunei; The Embassy of Indonesia; The Embassy of Malaysia; The Embassy of the Philippines; The Embassy of Singapore; The Embassy of Thailand; NHK
Cooperation NHK Enterprises; Toppan Printing; Tokyo Studio; TL Yamagiwa Laboratory; Imejirando Harajuku; Tanakaya; Yamato Transport; Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance
Notes Southeast Asian Festival ’92


Cover of FORAL COSMOLOGY exhibition catalogue

Floral Cosmology: Traditions in Dyeing, Weaving and Ornaments
Supervised by Sugiura Kohei; Goto Tamon

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    Tokyo: NHK Enterprises
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    30 cm
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    Japanese (jpn)
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p. 11 Hito ga ki to nari, hana to naru [Humans Become the Tree, and Also the Flower]
Sugiura Kohei
p. 12 Hana monyo, ki monyo [Floral Pattern, Tree Pattern]
Iwata Keiji
p. 16 1. Hana o kiru, hana o matou [Wearing Flowers, Dressed in Flowers]
p. 58 2. Hana saku ki ga kataru mono [What the Blooming Trees Tell Us]
Text by Sugiura Kohei
p. 76 3. Hana o kamuru, hana o kazaru [Putting on Flowers, Decorating Flowers]
p. 89 Kagayaku hana, uchu no hana [Shining Flowers, Flowers of the Universe]
p. 91 Ki, kagiri nashi sono megumi [Tree, the Endlessly Fruitful]
T. C. Majupuria
p. 95 Jumoku to yama no tasai na hengen [The Multifarious Transformations of Trees and Mountains]
R. Maxwell
p. 100 Seimei no ki no imi kukan [The Spatial Meaning of the Tree of Life]
Tsuchiya Kenji
p. 104 Tai ni okeru seimei no ki [The Tree of Life in Thailand]
S. Simatrang
p. 112 Baishi Sukuan e no tabi [Journey to Baci Soukhuan]
Goto Tamon
p. 116 Ki ni naru, hana to kasu [Becoming the Tree, and Also the Flower]
Kirihata Ken
p. 120 Zuisho no hana, junkan suru seimei [The Flower from Zuisho and Circulation of Life]
Gunji Masakatsu
p. 126 Sanko bunken [Bibliography]
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