laurieopal (laurieopal) wrote,
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Exquisite Kimono

(cross-posted on Dreamwidth (laurieopal) and Body Impolitic)

I saw these exquisite kimono at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco this week. I have seen kimonos this beautiful in museums in Japan but not in the US before. The delicate complexity of the work in stunning in itself, but the way the asymmetry creates balance in the designs is what I love best. I know from my own work just how difficult and satisfying it is.  Examine each robe closely.

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Red Kimono

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Red Kimono detail: the design is stylized clouds and wisteria
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Cloud Kimono

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Cloud Kimono detail: the design seems to include water, lilies, cages and clouds.
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Raven Kimono

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Raven Kimono Detail: the design seems to include flowers, crows and nets.  I love the crows!

Some of these are as old as 250 years. They were serious luxury goods of their time.  The technical skill is only surpassed by the art.  I find the work inspiring. Again, examine them closely.
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