Thursday, 27 August 2009

Landscape on Kimono - part 7 (finale)

Famous views

(formal jacket) karinui (tacked fabric), yuzen-dyed silk, contemporary

“The Rinzai Zen temple Ryoanji -- Temple of the Peaceful Dragon -- was built in Kyoto in the late 1400s, and the garden may be nearly as old. Its fifteen moss-covered boulders are placed so that, viewed from any point, only fourteen of the boulders are visible. Tradition says only the enlightened see all fifteen boulders. The garden invites us to contemplate imperfection and limitation.”

My applique cushion is on the chair.

Nagoya obi (informal obi), silk brocade, contemporary

Scenes of Kyoto, including the Gion Festival and a pagoda (probably at either Toji Shrine or Yasaka Temple).

Turn right -

Hōmongi (visiting wear) kimono karinui (tacked fabric), silk, contemporary.

The same scene of the karesansui garden (literally meaning dry mountain and water) at Ryōanji temple, Kyoto, Japan. The dyer’s seal is included on the right front panel. Handpainted yuzen.

The blue tones in the gravel make it feel more like the water it represents. I would like this karinui even more if I could have the top half dyed purple - all over pale pink isn't my style. There are places in Kyoto that will do this...

Hōmongi (visiting wear), chirimen (crepe) silk,1970s.

A view of a Japanese garden, as seen from a veranda, with bamboo leaves, pines and a stone lantern, in monochrome. Yuzen (rice paste resist dye). The dyer’s seal is visible on the right.

Komon (small pattern) kimono, chirimen (crepe) silk,1990s

All over stencil-dyed pattern of clouds and mountains, in the colourful bingata (Okinawan stencil dyeing) style. The motifs alternate direction, to cope with the kimono’s lack of a shoulder seam, so some are upside down.

Hōmongi (visiting wear) karinui (tacked fabric), silk, contemporary

A scene of Mt Fuji. Kimono colours are frequently non naturalistic. Yuzen-dyed silk.

I hope you enjoyed your tour! Goshisosama deshita! ("It was a feast", as one Japanese visitor commented this week).

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