Of all the many fascinating arts and crafts made in Japan, perhaps the most exciting are those of textiles. We trace the Art of the Kimono from the many layered robes of court dress, through changing styles that encompassed intricate and bold design that wove signs, symbols and stories into the fabrics that people wore during the Edo period from the early 1600s to the mid-1900s.
From courtesans to theatre costumes, daily wear and special occasions, wearing Kimono advertised one's wealth, rank and status at every level of society. We explore the hidden codes of dress formality, the awareness of seasons, the historical stories and layered patterns depicted in the colourful and complex materials used for Kimono.
Specialised craftsmen and women are still using traditional and modern methods to produce the complex patterns in Nishijin weaving, or Yuzen dyeing, and many other ways of decorating the fine silk used for Kimono