The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Art Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

by Matthew Larking

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 ...

'Shimura Fukumi'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Feb 2, 2016

'Shimura Fukumi'

by Melynie Yoneda

Feb. 2-March 21 Living National Treasure Fukumi Shimura is a master of senshoku dyeing and weaving, who brings kimono to life with colorful designs using only natural dyes derived from plants. In 2014 she was awarded the 30th Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and ...

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

Art Dec 8, 2015

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

by Hana Sakuma

A dazzling show of 100 detailed replicas of historical women's garments, "Kimono: From the Kofun to the Edo Period" at the Kobe Fashion Museum takes us back in time in two ways. The first way is obvious. The time span of the costumes on display, ...

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Apr 14, 2015

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

April 18-June 28 From designs on Rococo-era men's gowns of 18th-century Europe to the elaborate decoration of French haute-couture dresses of the early 20th century, the eclectic uses and styles of embroidery from around the globe have been brought together at the Kobe Fashion Museum. Decorative ...