Japanese artist Hajime Okamoto was born in Osaka in 1942. In the 1980s, he went on a cultural exchange program to the Jilin Province of China, and was greatly influenced by his time there. His works focus on calligraphy, painting and zen concepts. The most famous Kabamaru Series debuted in 1998.
Hajime Okamoto created his whimsical cat characters to the rhythm of jazz. "The beat rhythm of jazz music in the 1960s is really similar to the life of cats, which is slow and free," said the artist. "This thought made me try to draw cats living slowly in a busy human society, and that became the Kabamaru series."
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With no written language, the Hmong people create intricate patterns on Batik textiles, and use them as story-telling devices.
The Nankeen dyeing technique, dating back 3,000 years, is native to China’s Jiangsu province. Known also as Lan Yin Hua Bu (蓝印花布) and Blue Calico, it’s still practiced traditionally today in a handful of small workshops. Using hand-cut paper screens, soybean paste thickened with lime, and natural indigo dye, artisans print contemporary versions of ancient patterns on locally-grown cottons and linens outside the city of Shanghai.