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Nippon colours : the Japanese art "Kusaki-zome" : dyeing in a hundred colours with juices of plants and grasses

Author: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library; Yamazaki, Akira, b. 1892
Publisher: Kamakura : Getumei-kai, 1959
Edition/Format:   Computer file : English
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Summer kimono / the color of blue sky... / morning pilgrimage (Kobayashi Issa, 1822) -- Few items evoke Japan in the Western imagination more than a kimono. Although literally translated as "what is worn," the kimono is far more than a utilitarian garment. Replete in symbolism in cut, color, and ornament, the finest kimono are unique works of art. -- The Meiji era (1868-1912) produced the elegant kimonos that are
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library; Yamazaki, Akira, b. 1892
OCLC Number: 360995063
Language Note: English
Notes: ja
Description: 66 p. : ill., mounted col. samples ; 28 cm

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Summer kimono / the color of blue sky... / morning pilgrimage (Kobayashi Issa, 1822) -- Few items evoke Japan in the Western imagination more than a kimono. Although literally translated as "what is worn," the kimono is far more than a utilitarian garment. Replete in symbolism in cut, color, and ornament, the finest kimono are unique works of art. -- The Meiji era (1868-1912) produced the elegant kimonos that are most familiar today. The overthrow of the Shogunate and the return of the Emperor brought the end of sumptuary restrictions and raised the status of the merchant class. These factors combined to bring a surge in the demand for and production of luxurious, custom-made kimonos. -- This period also marks Japan's first prolonged contact with the West. The spread of Western technology, mores, and customs across Japan resulted in an increased national pride in certain quarters. This manifested itself in the conspicuous display of the very Eastern kimono and a rejection of Western-style dress. -- The flow of cultural influence worked two ways. Photographic books created specifically for foreign consumption and the exportation of Japanese goods, particularly textiles--and kimono--fueled the fascination with all things Japanese, leading to the widespread Japanisme that flourished in both the fine and decorative arts. -- All of the works shown are from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library.

As with other aspects of Japanese aesthetics, the colors traditionally associated with Japanese textiles are those found in nature. The advent of synthetic dyeing agents and the mechanization of textile manufacture that began during the Meiji period endangered the centuries-long tradition of creating desired effects through the use of natural dyes. The hanks of colored silk in this volume are faithful recreations of traditional dyeing recipes, noting the plant used and demonstrating the subtle variations of colors that can be obtained.

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