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The language of the kimono


This book analyzes the expressive methods of the kimono through splendid photographs and texts written by an expert in the history of Japanese customs and fabrics. The colours, fabrics and decorations typical of traditional Japanese dress combine to form a portrait of this form of expression and, more generally, of Japanese culture, art and thought. The sumptuous classical motifs and rich scenes woven, painted or embroidered on kimonos show a sensitivity – sometimes tinged with irony and a sense of humor – to beauty that is exquisitely Japanese.

Divided according to different themes, from natural motifs associated with each season (flowers and plants, birds and animals) to symbols of power and luck, from landscapes to scenes taken from literature and many other subjects, this book helps to understand how much the kimono reflects the changing times, while continuing to communicate an impression of "timelessness" due to the constant reference to tradition. The book also provides information on jewelry, hairpins and other accessories, to offer a more complete picture of the history of Japanese costume.

Reasons of interest:

  • A book to learn about Japanese culture and thought through the decorations, colors and fabrics of traditional clothes.

  • Fantastic images of beautiful kimonos with their sumptuous ornamental patterns help trace the evolution of design in Japan.

  • Additional information on jewellery, hairpins and other accessories, for a broader and more complete picture.

  • Size: 17 × 25.4 cm
  • 304 pages
  • 4 color printing
  • Paperback with dust jacket
  • ISBN: 9782889354252

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