COLOUR CODE #KIMONO
Hidden Meanings of the Japanese Kimono and its Colours
Every culture has its own sense of colour and Japan is no exception. From prehistoric times to the present day the Japanese have developed their own collection of traditional colours, known as dentouiro, which are still recognised and used today. Their use in textiles such as the kimono is one of the most notable. Colours displayed in kimono are not random: Purple, for example, is a metaphor for undying love, the imagery deriving from the fact that gromwell (murasaki), the plant used to create the dye, has very long roots. The exhibition Colour Code #Kimono dives deep into the depths of these delicate colours, exploring their strong metaphorical and cultural meanings, cosmological dimensions and poetic significance.
About: CHI-KA is a kimono shop and art space, working with artists and organisations reflecting on the new wave of Japanese aesthetic. While recognising tradition, its interest lies in exploring new boundaries and futures, often with cross-cultural resonance. CHI-KA sells one of a kind, hand-crafted Japanese kimonos and fusion kimono-abayas, alongside a diverse programme of collaborations in fine art, design, craft, robotics, multimedia, and performance. The space makes an architectural statement and was designed by Takeshi Murayama and Manabu Ozawa.
13 March – 13 April 2017
Location: H69, Alserkal Avenue
Open: Saturdays – Thursdays, 11:00 -19:00, 10 March open until 22:00 and open Friday 17 March
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