Japenese Kimono Exhibit


During my vacay this past summer in Chicago, I stumbled upon a fantastic fashion exhibit showcasing Japenese Kimonos at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The photos really don´t do it justice, the exhibit was breathtaking.  I think the best part is really the colors and patterns, just gorgeous.  All the information I wrote regarding the kimonos  was posted underneath the kimonos in the collection at the Art Institute.   If you are in Chicago the exhibit definitely warrants a visit!

Sign for the exhibit

Door to Exhibit

Layout of the exhibit

More layout

NOW the closeups with details:

Uchikake, a wedding kimono from the early Showa period, 1926-89.  This would actually be worn over another kimono.

Hitoe, an unlined summer kimono from the late Meiji period (1868-1912) to the early Taisho period (1912-1926).   A layering gauze and weaving technique called the Shibori was used to create the effect of not flowers but their reflection in rippling water.

Late Taisho period, 1912-1926 to early Showa period, 1926-89.  This kimono design was copied from a design on a ceramic pot.  Ceramics were very popular in this time period in Japan. The reason the boats are facing up on the right and inverted on the left was because the kimono was made from a single bolt of fabric.

Closeup of boat pattern

Haori Kimono from the early Showa period, 1926-89.  This type of kimono was brought to Japan from China thousands of years ago.  The narrow vertical black stripes give us the illusion that it is being viewed from behind a screen.

Late Taisho period, 1912-1926 to early Showa period, 1926-89.  This kimono showcases the ryosui pattern, which means waterstream.

These kimonos are called Furisode kimono´s because they showcase several different Japenese motifs in one kimono.  For example, on the left, the kimono is from the early Showa period, 1926-89 and has pictures of cranes, leaves, flowers, and more.  Another typical characteristic of the Furisode kimono is that the pattern is mainly on the sleeves and the bottom of the kimono.  The Furisode on the right is from the late Taisho period 1912-26 and we can see oxes, flowers, boxes and more.  This kimono was also used as a bridal kimono.

Finally me with the kimonos, happy as can be.

This showcase of kimonos was truly beautiful and I also learned many new things from it, so like I said earlier, if you can visit it live, please do, if not,  I hope you enjoy the post and learn something from the information I relayed regarding kimonos.

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