Sep 19, 2014




Hiroyuki Shindo

(Japanese, 1941-)

Cotton: indigo-dyed

Diameter: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Camille and Alex Cook 2022.80

Did you know?

The artist often exhibits these balls in groups, directly on the floor.


The method of indigo dyeing is a centuries-old Japanese tradition, and the artist Hiroyuki Shindo is internationally known for his artwork that utilizes this ancient tradition in contemporary forms. He uses a natural dye process that begins with the harvesting the plants. In the case of the thread balls, he uses a resist dying technique on different size balls that results in an array of organic designs and levels of saturation. By showing the thread balls in groups, it displays the individualism of each hand-made iteration.

See also
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email [email protected].

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.