Kimono Culture

Guest curated by Hitomi Harama

NNM 2011.79.5.22 Morishita family collection

Child’s kimono. NNM 2011.79.5.22 Morishita family collection

This traditional Japanese garb has become ubiquitous inspiration for Western fashion, and in Japan, it is steeped in culture which is deeply rooted in the core aesthetic sense of Japanese life.  This exhibit showcases the beauty of Japanese culture through the lens of kimono. Guest curator Hitomi Harama, a resident of Victoria, comes from a family of kimono artisans and collectors from Japan. Exhibit highlights will illuminate the philosophy of kimono: attention to detail, living in harmony with nature, ecological aspects; the art of kimono: craft and design, weaving, patterns, coordination with different climate and seasons; and the environmental or ‘green’ aspects of kimono: use, recycling, and structure.

Exhibit: May 20 – September 3, 2017

Bloom Fundraising Tea : Saturday June 10, 2 – 5pm

Public Programs

Curator Talk And Gallery Tour
Saturday, May 20, 1-2pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 20, 2-4pm

Kimono History Talk By Hitomi Harama
Saturday, June 24, 2-4pm

Shibori Dying Workshop By Hitomi Harama
Sunday, July 23, 2-4pm

Kogin Zashi Workshop By Hitomi Harama
Saturday, August 19, 2-4pm

Osaikumono Workshop By Keiko Kiyota
Saturday, August 26, 1:30-2:30pm