Battle Worn: Masculine Ideals and Military Identity in Modern Japanese Textiles

Saturday, December 15, 2012
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts 2nd Floor lobby, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
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Keidra Navaroli
Ruth Funk Textiles Center

National duty and familial honor played an essential role in shaping the perception of Japanese soldiers in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  During military conflict, loved ones often dedicated unique textiles that accompanied men into battle.  These symbolically charged items provided courage and protection as the soldier journeyed to war and often memorialized his triumphant return in victory or death.

Battle Worn will feature over 50 military textiles, hand-painted on cotton and silk, from the private collection of Dr. Michael Bortner.  Objects presented reflect the development of a national military identity rooted in cultural tradition.  Highlights include army and navy celebration banners, “good luck” flags,” “one thousand” stitch belts, uniforms, and children’s toys. 


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