As the national dress of Japan, kimonos have a long and colorful history. While today, the costume is being incorporated in modern streetwear, the traditional version of the robe is still celebrated. A new exhibition in Japan explores the evolution of women’s kimonos over its 1,500-year history.
Additionally, the exhibition will also showcase the methods and materials used to make kimonos, and highlight the special dyeing and weaving techniques involved in making select pieces. Interested guests also have the option to sign up for dyeing demonstrations and in-depth lectures on women’s kimonos.
The exhibition will run from July 15 to September 28, 2021. You can purchase tickets and sign up for workshops and lectures on kimono sewing and dyeing via the exhibition website.
A new exhibition at the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum in Tokyo, Japan features an extensive collection of women’s kimonos over a 1,500-year history.
Costume from the Kofun period [Reproduction], 1931. (Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association Collection)
The exhibition will run from July 15 to September 28, 2021.
Costume from the Asuka / Nara period [Reproduction], 1931. (Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association Collection)
Yuzen dyed kimono in the middle of the Edo period (Reproduction), 1931. (Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association Collection)