Thursday, 19 July 2012

Children's kimono exhibition in Paris

Until July 28th -

Japan, a country where fashion culture occupys a very important place and reaches an extreme refinement, has shown for millenia a particular liking for children's clothing. Some 16th & 17th century children's kimono, designed to be worn by children of noble families and preserved today in Buddhist or Shinto temples reflect this strong attachment. At a time when the life of a child was sometimes brief, families, and primarily mothers, passed all their care and heart to children through clothing or they commanded that they sewed their own hands . Forney Library has well over a hundred children's kimono from the collection of Kazuko Nakano. This is the first exhibition in France to collect many rare and precious children's kimono, recalling a 'grande époque' of suble and meaningful wearable art. 
(my translation - hope it's OK!)

Please note, the exhibition is closed (of course) for Bastille Day on 14th July.

Many thanks to Judith Barker for this headsup! She writes -

I was in Paris on holiday last week and saw, by chance, a poster for an exhibition of children's kimono.  They were wonderful!  It was the collection of Kazuko Nakano, have you heard of this person?  They were a mix of wonderful brocades, painted fabrics, and patched together indigo scraps (these were 100 pieces for good luck). And, being the same shape, they displayed so well too.  There were small items - bags and balls - and pictures of children playing.

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