• Short Summary

    A noted Japanese artist, Teruyoshi Yoshida, is holding an exhibition in Nairobi of "Space Art" -- evocative silhouette designs on nylon fabric printed by African artists who have trained under him.

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    A noted Japanese artist, Teruyoshi Yoshida, is holding an exhibition in Nairobi of "Space Art" -- evocative silhouette designs on nylon fabric printed by African artists who have trained under him.

    The exhibition, being held at the New Stanley Art Gallery between 25 March and I April, is designed to create a three dimensional atmosphere relying on simplicity of design.

    Produced almost entirely by African craftsmen using traditional designs the fabrics were printed at the Kenya Toray Mills at Thika, 26 miles (40 kilometres) from Nairobi.

    The factory was established in 1965 with Japanese companies holding an 88 per cent interest. the remainder is owned by the Kenyan Industrial and Commercial development Corporation backed by the Kenyan Government.

    More than half a million pounds has been invested in the plant, the only one of its type in east Africa and capable of producing 450,000 metres (487,500 yards) of fabric a month.

    It employs a total staff of 600, almost all of them Africans trained by Japanese technicians.

    SYNOPSIS: The Kenya Toray fabric mills at Thika, twenty-six miles from Nairobi, and the only one producing synthetic materials in eastern Africa. Owned largely by Japanese business interests the company has hired one of Japan's top designers, Teruyoshi Yoshida, to teach the fine detail of fabric design to African artists.

    With a three year contract to the company, Yoshide is teaching the artists his own brand of textile design -- clean and simple with multi-coloured bold designs.

    More than six hundred Kenyan craftsmen are employed in the half million pound factory -- most of them trained by Japanese technicians. They produce almost half a million yards of fabric a month, most of which is sold abroad and brings Kenya valuable foreign exchange.

    But for Mr. Yoshida creative design is the basis of the factory's production and at the New Stanley Art Gallery in Nairobi he is displaying the latest work by the company's artists.

    Entitled Space Composition in Fabric the exhibition reflects Mr. Yoshida's ideas on creating atmosphere through simple design. The shiny nylon fabrics are arranged in three dimensions with the contrast coming from the black silhouettes. The exclusive use of African designs emphasises his desire to teach technique rather than art to avoid disturbing traditional African styles.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36WDE32GI246QX7RPEO3BBM84
    Media URN:
    VLVA36WDE32GI246QX7RPEO3BBM84
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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