- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Japanese first used “rozome,” the technique of hot wax brushed directly on fine fabrics, in cloths created for Emperor Shomu’s court and for the dedication of the Todaiji Temple’s Great Buddha in 752 A.D. They’ve been stored since then in Nara’s Shoso-in Repository of 180,000 early textiles. The technique, prized for its brilliant color effects, resurfaced at the turn of the 20th century. The Textile Museum’s 15 Rozome Masters of Japan shows its range and expressiveness. At the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 12. Free, with a suggested $5 donation. 202/667-0441.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will host a free retrospective called Ten Masterpieces of Turkish Cinema. Six weekends of screenings begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a revival of a 1964 prize-winner from the Berlin Film Festival, Dry Summer. The most recent title, Distant, scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., was in art-house circulation two years ago. Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free tickets, two to a customer, are distributed an hour before showtimes. 202/357-2700.

Gary Arnold

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