Kimono Culture

May 20 – September 3, 2017

The Beauty of Japanese Culture Viewed Through the Lens of Kimono

Guest curated by Hitomi Harama

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: in harmony with nature, coordination with different climate and seasons, attention to detail; the art of kimono: craft and design, dying & weaving techniques and patterns, design motifs; and the ecological aspects: structure of kimono and use of textile materials.

Public Programs

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

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 20, 2-4pm

9th Annual BLOOM Art Auction
KIMONO Nikkei High Tea Fundraiser
Saturday June 10, 2:00 – 4:30pm

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

*details for each program coming soon.