The traditional kimono never goes out of style

Oct 22, 2017

The traditional kimono never goes out of style

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The fusion of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary life isn't a new concept, but as trends change the results can vary greatly. On the runway, we are seeing sophisticated ideas that infuse new looks with time-honored tastes in subtle yet effective ways; while on ...

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

May 29, 2017

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

Ten Japanese groups engaged in kimono-related activities Monday called on the government to apply to have waso, the technique for dressing in the traditional attire, put on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Japan Kimono League, an organization aiming to protect kimono culture and promote ...

Street style always looks back and forward

Apr 23, 2017

Street style always looks back and forward

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Style has always referenced the past, even though it's focused on the future. With spring heralding new looks and summer already approaching fast, new collaborations, brands and innovations are making their mark in stores now. Louis Vuitton's love letter to streetwear Hot on the heels of ...

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

Jan 9, 2017

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

Draped in dazzling kimono, thousands of expensively made-up young women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday — with many planning a night of boozing to celebrate. Formal Coming-of-Age ceremonies, which began as a rite of ancient samurai families, were held across the nation for ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

/ May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

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How Karun Thakar, a passionate collector of textiles, acquired his assortment of kimono is a story in itself. Exposed to fabric techniques in his mother's couture shop in Delhi, Thakar's growing curiosity repeatedly took him to Istanbul and Peshawar as he amassed of a ...

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

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Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura's (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to ...