Kimono exhibit at Newcomb

The “Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan” exhibit in Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans was very eye-opening.

My mother is Japanese, and even though neither she nor her parents had ever been to Japan, we still learned about our Japanese culture. We would go to the Cherry Blossom festivals, and go to the stores, restaurants and sushi bars in Japan Town or even drink tea at the beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens at Golden Gate Park.

So seeing these kimonos from the Art Deco period up close and personal was special to me.  The kimonos, about 70 to 100 years old, still have such vibrant color and detail. It hardly seems possible that these fabrics could be that old.

I’ve always known that kimonos are special dress for the Japanese. Each one tells a story whether it is through the style, the print, the color or the detailed pictures. But to see them so close, it really brings home the artistry of the Japanese people.

For anyone who is interested, the exhibit is on display through Jan. 9, 2011.

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