Asia Pacific Arts & Cultural Activities Open to O‘ahu School Groups 2017-2018 Academic Year

The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The EWC Arts Program is excited to offer exhibitions and performance-demonstrations to school groups in 2017-18. Through the visual and performing arts, young audiences are better able to understand, appreciate, and respect the peoples and cultures of the Asia Pacific region.

All of the following exhibitions and performance demonstrations are FREE to K-12 schools. EWC is able to assist with bus transportation, please inquire for details. EWC Arts educational outreach programs connect easily to Hawai‘i school standards. For details visit the EWC Arts Program website at http://arts.eastwestcenter.org/outreach.

The EWC Gallery is located at 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road), adjacent to the UH-Mānoa campus; performances are held at various locations. For further information or to schedule a program, please contact: Annie Reynolds, (808)944-7341, arts_outreach@eastwestcenter.org.

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Upcoming Exhibition: Irresistible Resist: The Art of Indian Dyes and Design

Curators: Yael Rosenfield and Michael Schuster

Exhibition Dates: October 29, 2017—February 11, 2018

When people imagine India, they often envision a world of vibrant colorful textiles with rich and complex designs. This seemingly romantic fantasy is actually based upon reality. South Asia has been producing vibrant textiles with intricate patterns for millennia. Many of the patterns were originally social signifiers of status, community, tribe, occupation, religion, stage in life, or gender, while other patterns are enjoyed for their aesthetic quality. With the expansion of global trade from the 17th to 19th centuries, textiles from the sub-continent could be found throughout the Northern and Southern hemispheres. In the modern context, textile artisans from India readily borrow designs from thousands of years of diverse regional images. What then are the secrets of these dazzling textiles? What makes them so irresistible? This exhibition focuses on the resist dyeing processes that have made Indian textiles prized by people throughout the world. The textiles in this exhibition will be presented in four distinct categories: block-print, kalamkari, tie-dye, and ikat.

Until the late 19th century all dyes used on textiles were derived from natural sources – plant, mineral, and animal, requiring the use of mordants that bind and fix certain dyes to the cloth fiber. Resists, on the other hand, were used to block the dye from penetrating certain design elements on the textile. Used together on Indian block-printed, hand painted (kalamkari), tie-dyed and ikat woven both mordants and resists and natural dyes contributed to the creation of these popular textiles, adding to their rich coloring, wash-ability and fastness. Indian artisans were known as master dyers, and it is thanks to them that India became a leader in textile production. Block-printed and painted textiles share similar techniques used in their creation: the main difference is that for block-prints hand carved blocks are used to transfer mordants and resists to the cloth, whereas in kalamkari a ‘kalam’ or ‘pen’ is needed. Diverse regions in India have developed their own methodologies and styles, a heritage that has been handed down over generations. Each type of resist method is characterized by its own customs and iconography.

“The processes of resist dyeing allow for beautifully elaborate Indian textiles and more importantly result in manifestations of material culture reflecting the complexities of Indian traditions.” –Michael Schuster, East-West Gallery Curator


HPR Interview: Manjari Nirula and Edric Ong, co-curators, Tree of Life

Click on the link below to listen to Manjari Nirula and Edric Ong’s recent interview on Hawaii Public Radio (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the audio link).

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/conversation-monday-june-5th-2017