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BASHOFU: The Bridge Between Science & Art


Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 20:00 to 21:00


Zoom link will be provided upon registration


OIST Foundation Presents:

BASHOFU:  The Bridge Between Science & Art

Speakers: Dr. Yoko Nomura & Ms. Roosmarjin Pallandt

U.S.: Wednesday, July 7 @ 7:00 AM EDT

Japan: Wednesday, July 7 @ 8:00 PM JST


Join the OIST Foundation for a presentation on the science and art of Okinawa traditional bashōfu weaving. Bashōfu weaving, making fabric from banana tree fibers, has a long and storied history in Okinawa and via this virtual event you will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from a scientist and artist about the ways in which bashōfu is a bridge that weaves together these disciplines. The event is being held on Tanabata, July 7, in which legend has it that it is the only day in which two deities (represented by the stars Vega and Altair) who are in love can come together. Just as the stars weave together that day, our presentation will show how textile weaving brings together science & art, traditions, and people.

Dr. Yoko Nomura, Science and Technology Associate, OIST
Ms. Roosmarjin Pallandt, Artist

Dr. Nomura is a Science and Technology Associate at OIST with a long and deep interest in textile science. She has led research and exhibitions on bashōfu at OIST.

Ms. Roosmarijn Pallandt, is a Dutch artist who uses both textile and photography as her medium.

Roosmarijn has been traveling to the Yaeyama Islands since 2014 to meet, live and collaborate with local weavers and learn about the ritual festivals and spiritual ceremonies performed by female shamans. To research the role of weaving within these practices and how textile textiles form beautiful connections with which human beings can coincide and connect with all living organisms around us. 
Bashofu plays a central role in her project. From the banana tree itself, the steps and rituals to make thread out of its fibers to the spiritual meaning of the textile. 
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