MINORU ARAI

Born in 1932 in Kiryu, Minoru Araiis the 20th head of the family to carry on the tradition of weaving art since the Muromachi era (1392-1573) and is a master of traditional art in Japan. His miniature figured weaving called, “Saimitsukaigori” exemplifies authentic Japanese arts and crafts combined with traditional skills and modern technology (patented process technology).

The miniature figured weaving:

reproduction of “Wind and Thunder Gods” by Tawaraya Sotatsu

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Materials : pure silk/twisted gold thread
Size : transom 61×131 cm with frame
Minoru Arai’s concept in producing this transom size of “Wind and Thunder Gods*” derived from his heightened interest in wanting people to enjoy the art at their home and in more of a casual setting. This art is suitable for both Western and traditional Japanese style homes. A large two-fold screen were transformed into one smaller version so that it would be an appropriate size to display in one’s home, and a precious 24k gold thread material was used in making this art more exquisite and breathtaking.
*Wind and Thunder Gods: “Wind and Thunder Gods” painting by Tawaraya Sotatsu, 17th century is well known for its property display in the Kenninji Temple, Kyoto and is a national treasure in Japan. “Wind and Thunder Gods” represents two gods: “Fujin”, Wind God, a god of glory and wealth, and “Raijin”, Thunder God, a god of lightning and of life force driving the universe. At present, “Wind and Thunder God” is entrusted to Kyoto National Museum and the reproduction of minute weaving, “Wind andThunder Gods” by Minoru Arai is exhibited in Kenninji Temple.