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Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.


Alserkal Avenue

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  • Chi-ka H69, Alserkal Avenue  Dubai UAE (map)



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.


Event Information:

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

+971 50 744-5911



Earlier Event: March 13
La Galerie Nationale
Later Event: March 13
Grey Noise