The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Staff Members

UEBA Yoko
UEBA YokoUEBA Yoko
Department of Modern Society and Civilization・Associate Professor
Research Specialization
  • Textile and handcraft; South Asia, Middle East
Individual Research Projects
  • An Ethno-Artistic study of Handicraft Culture in contemporary India
Personal website

Academic Qualifications

  • B.A. Osaka University of Arts 1997
  • M.A. Osaka University of Arts 1999
  • Ph.D. Osaka University of Arts 2002

Research Interests

  • A Study of Handicrafts Among Pastoral People
  • An Ethno-Artistic Study of Handicraft Culture in Contemporary India

Research Keywords

South Asia, Middle East, Japan, Rabari, Gujarati, Ethno-Artistic Studies, Textiles and Handicrafts

Selected Publications

2009
The Textiles of the Rabari in the Kutch Area of Gujarat, India. (in Japanese). BIOSTORY 12: 30–37. Tokyo: Seibundo-shinkosha.
2008
Handicrafts and Its Promotion Efforts in India: The Case of Rabari Society. (in Japanese). In The Design History Forum (ed.) Modern Craft and Design Movements, pp.292–300. Kyoto: Shibunkakusyuppan.
2006
Textiles an Rituals among the Pastoral Rabari of India. (in Japanese). Kyoto: Showado.
2004
Prohibition of Rabari Embroidery and New Clothing: Bridal Wealth and Infant Marriage. (in Japanese). Minzoku Geijutsu [Ethno-Arts] 20: 107–116.
2002
Knitting and Weaving Techniques by Men among the Nomadic Rabari People. (in Japanese). Minzoku Geijutsu [Ethno-Arts] 18: 114–124.

Publications (English publications only)

2014
The Playfulness of Forms in Organizing Committee of "The Power of Images" (ed.) The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection, pp.219-221
2014
Images Exuded by Light and Color in Organizing Committee of "The Power of Images" (ed.) The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection, pp.214-217
2013
Art and Decoration in Daily Life. In National Museum of Ethnology (ed.) Handicrafting the Intangible: Zafimaniry Heritage in Madagascar, National Museum of Ethnology, pp.86-93
2008
Textiles Discovered in the Raya Site. In M. Kawatoko (ed.) Archaeological Survey of the Raya/al-Tur Area on the Sinai Peninsula, Egpt 2007. (Islamic Archaeology and Culture 2), pp.95–105. Islam Archaeological Mission.

Presentations

2017
"Strategic Production in Response to Value Orientations : Dyed and Printed Textiles for Goddess Rituals in Gujarat State,Western India",IUAES 2017, Ottawa University, Canada (2017.5.6)
2015
"Embodied Knowledge in Rabari Embroidery Patterns." Knowledge Transfer Across Borders: Integrative Approaches, A German-Japanese Colloquium, University of Göttingen, German (2015.1.15)

Summary

2017
“Diverse materials mad techniques to produce bendable "linware" in Ainu culture”(Ueba, Y. , Kanetani, M. and Nakatani, A) The 4nd Conference on Cultural History of PaleoAsia, p.59
2017
“Lineware:Usage of Ecological Resources in Assam,India.”(Kanetani, M., Ueba, Y. and Nakatani, A) The 3nd Conference on Cultural History of PaleoAsia, pp.81-82
2017
“Ethnographic analysis of technologies for making and using thread, string and yarn.”(Ueba, Y., Kanetani, M. and Nakatani, A) The 2nd Conference on Cultural History of PaleoAsia, p.61
2016
“An ethnographic analysis of technologies to produce yarn material and looms in South Asia.”(Ueba, Y., Kanetani, M. and Nakatani, A) The 1st Conference on Cultural History of PaleoAsia, p.89

Doctoral Thesis

2002
Technical and Social Aspects of the Handicrafts of Rabari People. (in Japanese).