July 28, 2021

The evolution of Japanese women’s clothing is told in an exhibition in Tokyo



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Jul 5, 2021

Kimono lovers, mark your calendars! It is a rare exhibition that will be presented in the Shibuya district of Tokyo from July 15, retracing some 1,500 years of history of traditional Japanese women’s clothing. The kimono, one of the most emblematic pieces of Japanese culture, will obviously have pride of place with the opportunity to learn all its secrets, from its symbols to the social messages that it can send back in passing ( especially) by the dyeing techniques used to magnify them.


As part of the festivities linked to the 80th anniversary of its creation, the Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association worked hand in hand with the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, based in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, to organize this major exhibition dedicated to to the evolution of traditional Japanese women’s clothing, from the Kofun period (c. 250-538 CE) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Visitors will be able to appreciate the evolution of Japanese women’s clothing, especially the kimono, over a period of some 1,500 years.

An entire floor will be devoted to period costumes recreated for the occasion, making it possible to discover the evolution of techniques taken into account in the manufacture of traditional Japanese clothing, but also societal changes encountered by women throughout these years. centuries.

An essential part of Japanese culture, the kimono will be celebrated over an entire floor to admire its complex patterns, the wide range of materials used, but also the ancestral dyeing and weaving techniques that make them unique in the world. It is also a way of realizing the multitude of clothing trends explored throughout this period.

Open from July 15 to September 28, 2021, the exhibition will be held at the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, and will be priced at 500 yen (around 3.80 euros) at normal price. In addition to the physical exhibition, it will be possible to attend and participate in a series of lectures and workshops on the techniques of sewing, weaving, and dyeing the iconic kimonos. For more information: Fashion-kyoto.or.jp/orikyo/80th.

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