The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Saturday, November 3, 2012
《International Workshop》Living with Asian Textiles
Anthropological Studies of MaterialityThe Anthropological study of Humans and Textiles

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  • Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 5:10 p.m.
  • Venue: Auditorium of the National Museum of Ethnology
  • Language: Japanese / English  (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Hosted by the National Museum of Ethnology
  • Open to the public
  • Registration by email: <>, or
    Regular mail to:
    Asian Textile Secretariat, National Museum of Ethnology
    10-1 Senri Expo-Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511


10:00 a.m. – 5:10 p.m, Saturday, .November 3, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Welcome Speech: Ken'ichi Sudo (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology)
10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Opening Remarks: Teruo Sekimoto (National Museum of Ethnology)
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. “MIGOROMO today: A union of body and cloth in monsoon Asia” Toshihiro Imai (President, Eurasia Creative Japan) 
*Ayami Nakatani of Okayama University will be with Mr. Imai for questions and discussion
11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. “In search of textiles in Asia” Hiroko Iwatate (Director, Iwatate Folk Textile Museum)
12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.  “Threads of Life: Traditional textiles in contemporary Indonesia” William Ingram and Jean Howe (Co-Founders of Threads of Life, and Co-Directors of Bebali Foundation)
1:50 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. “Threads of connection : Cross-cultural exchange between Javanese and Indigenous Australian batik artists” James Bennett (Curator of Asian art, Art Gallery of South Australia)
2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Coffee Break
2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. “The clothes of long vegetable fibers that the Japanese have been wearing”Shin’ichiro Yoshida (Director, Asafu Institute)
3:40 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. Comment 1: Sachiko Kubota (Kobe University)
3:55 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Comment 2: To be announced
4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Discussion
5:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Closing remarks: Teruo Sekimoto (National Museum of Ethnology)