Japanese Embroidery – “Hands are the exit of Spirit” (Late Master, Iwao Saito)
“The late Iwao Saito, master embroidery designer and founder of Kurenai Kai, used to say that the skilled hands of the embroiderer, which have a deep relationship with the heart, produce gorgeous works of embroidery. The embroidery not only reflects the state of the inner heart, but it also reveals the embroiderer’s lifestyle in the way he or she selects colors and uses the various techniques. There is no way that a vague and superficial life will create work that will touch people’s hearts”.
By serving a cup of tea employing a concept of “the way,” Sado (the way of tea/the tea ceremony) has reached the level of art. In Japan, there are other “ways” such as Kendo, Shodo, Judo, Kado, and all which have attained the height of quality by integrating techniques with the spiritual concept of “the way.” Traditional Japanese Embroidery has evolved, in its thousand-year history, into Nuido, The Way of Embroidery. We have emphasized the connection between the heart and the techniques.
We are trying to practice the path of Nuido that is aimed at the integration of Nui (techniques) and Do (spirit). With our wish to unite all people in harmony, we will continue to introduce Nuido to the world. (credits Japanese Embroidery Center)