A national art treasure of Japan, master of stencil dyeing, leader of the Japanese Mingei (Folk art) movement.
Keisuke Serizawa was born in Shizuoka City in 1895.
Keisuke Serizawa was a Renaissance Man. His combining two textile-dyeing techniques, the bingata of Okinawa and the Japanese Ise katagami (stencil dyeing) resulted in his own katazome stencil dyeing. He used his katazome process for dyeing kimono fabrics, for screens, wall hangings, fans, scrolls, calendars, noren (shop curtains), quilt covers, prints. He illustrated his own books. He painted on paper, wood, ceramic, and glass. He helped design the Kurashiki Ohara Art Museum.
He has shown his work at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1976 the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Mingei International Museum of Folk Art in San Diego.
There are four museums in Japan devoted just to his work: The Serizawa Art Museum in his birthplace Shizuoka, The Keisuke Serizawa Art and Craft Museum in Sendai, the Tohoku Fukushi University Serizawa Museum, and the Ohara Art Museum in Kurashiki.
At the age of sixty-one Keisuke Serizawa was designated a Living National Art Treasure by the Japanese government, the Master of Stencil Dyeing.