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Kimono design : an introduction to textiles and patterns / Keiko Nitanai ; translated from the Japanese by Leeyong Soo.

By: Nitanai, Keiko, 1954- [author.].
Contributor(s): Soo, Leeyong [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2017]Copyright date: �2017Description: 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9784805314289; 4805314281.Uniform titles: Kimono no mon'y�o to sono mikata. English Subject(s): Kimonos | Textile design -- Japan | Kimonos -- Pictorial works | Kimonos | Textile design | JapanGenre/Form: Pictorial works.DDC classification: 391.00952 Summary: "Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns uses hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information on colors, fabrics and embellishments to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art and thought. Lavish classical patterns, sweeping scenes, and the many motifs that have been woven, dyed, painted or embroidered into these textiles reveal a reflectiveness, a sense of humor, and an appreciation of exquisite beauty that is uniquely Japanese."--Publisher's description.
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Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns uses hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information on colors, fabrics and embellishments to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art and thought. Lavish classical patterns, sweeping scenes, and the many motifs that have been woven, dyed, painted or embroidered into these textiles reveal a reflectiveness, a sense of humor, and an appreciation of exquisite beauty that is uniquely Japanese.

Organized according to motifs traditionally associated with each season of the year, Kimono Design interprets the kimono's special language as expressed in depictions of: Flowers and grasses Birds and other animals Symbols of power, luck and prestige Land-and-seascapes scenes from literature, history and daily life scenes of travel and the Japanese concept of other lands and many others...
Extensive notes on all the motifs demonstrate how the kimono reflects changing times and a sense of the timeless. Information on jewelry, hairpins and other accessories is scattered throughout to give a fuller sense of the Japanese art of dress. This is a volume that Japanophiles, historians, artists and designers will all cherish.

Includes index.

"Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns uses hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information on colors, fabrics and embellishments to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art and thought. Lavish classical patterns, sweeping scenes, and the many motifs that have been woven, dyed, painted or embroidered into these textiles reveal a reflectiveness, a sense of humor, and an appreciation of exquisite beauty that is uniquely Japanese."--Publisher's description.

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Nitanai, the founder of the Kyoto Antique Fabric Preservation Society, opens a window into the secrets of kimono design, with its powerful motifs and delicate fabrics. Divided into the four seasons, the book highlights signature features of the kimono, the obi (sash), the haneri (removable collar), and the obi-dome (obi brooches). Spring linens, for example, often display a bamboo basket filled with spring blossoms such as peonies and wisteria, tracing the tradition of collecting early blossoms in the basket and including the display as part of the tea ceremony. Throughout the book, hidden insights create a picture of a culture rich in refinement and traditions that influence color, balance, and design. This beautiful volume-with stunning color photographs-is visually pleasing and will especially benefit those interested in fashion design and the garment industry. Color photos. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.