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Cowichan Sweater Project with Takehiko Sanada
December 4, 2009 – February 12, 2010
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

October 22, 2009

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present Cowichan Sweater Project with Takehiko Sanada to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations.

This exhibition features artwork which combines parts of Cowichan Sweater hand-knitted by Cowichan people and parts of wool cloth created by a Japanese textile artist, Takehiko Sanada. The exhibition also includes authentic original Cowichan sweaters.

The Cowichan Sweater originates from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada, which is one of the communities where the Vancouver Olympic torch visits in the fall of 2009 as part of the Aboriginal Torch Relay. This program was developed by The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to achieve unprecedented aboriginal participation in the Games which starts on February 12, 2010.

"Nature" is very important in first nations' art and Cowichan Sweaters come in variety of images of the coastal wildlife and legendary creatures of the area including raven, salmon, eagle, whale, bear, deer, wolf, humming bird, frog, and thunderbird. Each symbol represents specific characteristics embodied by the clan and has different meanings in their myths.

Inspired by uniqueness of Cowichan Sweaters where First Nations' myth is incorporated in garments, Takehiko Sanada has produced installation artwork using wool and parts of Cowichan Sweaters and created the world of myth.

This exhibition is held in cooperation with Mr. Hirooki Ushijima (Mic Trading Ltd.), Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kitasato University School of Veterinary Medicine, and Office Matsushita.


Date: December 4, 2009 – February 12, 2010

  • Weekdays 9:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 9:00-20:00 (9:00-17:30 on December 23 and 30)
  • Closed on weekends, December 25, January 1 and February 11

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Contact: Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section (Tel: 03-5412-6305)

Media contact: Ryuko Iikubo (Tel: 03-5412-6347)




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