Archive for the 'Excursions' Category

“To dye for”

Monday, November 10th, 2008

One of the loveliest articles on kimono I’ve seen in a while, on a kimono artist I’ve admired for years: The San Diego Union-Tribune — To dye for: Itchiku Kubota’s works reach back to a mythic golden age of Japanese textiles. In 1937, a promising 20-year-old Japanese artist, Itchiku Kubota, paid a visit to the […]

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Kimono reading galore!

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

There have been several articles on kimono in the news recently. From The Globe and Mail, Japanese artist Mamechiyo has recast the traditional garment as a decidedly contemporary art form, discussing her kimono and her North American debut show in Toronto, Canada (which runs until April 2). An excerpt from the end of the article: […]

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Digital Yukata

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Opening the kimono to everyone is an article about Frenchwoman Maia Maniglier’s introduction to and love affair with kimono. Today she is “a passionate kimono advocate who is now pushing the boundaries of kimono design by meshing traditional garment-making with cutting-edge digital printing.” At the end, Maniglier gives some basic useful tips for buying kimono […]

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Kimono hime

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Princess Sayako of Japan is going to be married soon, and held a farewell ceremony in which she wore a beautiful juunihitoe. For a very different “kimono hime” (hime is Japanese for princess), scans of volumes 4 and 5 of the magazine have been posted to the LiveJournal group kimonoworld. Taisho chic with a modern […]

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Kimono as a canvas

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Another enjoyable article to peruse, this one with beautiful photos and a little information on symbolism: Kimono exhibit shows beauty of Japanese garment (exhibit in Colorado, USA). Excerpts: “[A kimono is] a big garment— a big canvas. The Japanese are masterful at asymmetry and kimono are superb examples. They are balanced but not perfectly symmetrical.” […]

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The kimono boom

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

An article in The Japan Times Online goes In Skeptical Quest of a Boom, getting off to a depressing start in Tokyo, of all places (like me, those of you who follow kimono are probably going “Tokyo?! What were they thinking!”), and then finally being put on to the trail of, well, the rest of […]

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

A very nice article on the Japanese tea ceremony turned up today: Tea ceremony: Part of Japanese culture. It has a more in-depth history than most articles on it usually do, and includes the following narrative of a ceremony the reporter attended, as told by the Japanese host: The guest carries a packet of folded […]

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Kimono arts on display

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

Those of you who can make it to Squamish, British Columbia are in for a treat: Kimono and fibre arts on display at the Squamish Library’s Foyer Gallery in a show named “Release”. From the article: Keiko Kiyota acquired her kimono making skill in Japan in a four-year apprenticeship to a master kimono maker. Utilizing […]

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