Fun Link Friday: Kimono Craft Past & Present

Without a doubt, one of Japan’s most iconic symbols is the kimono. A recent Atlas Obscura article highlighted Chiso, one particular kimono-producing company in Kyoto that has purportedly been in business since 1555. Dedicated to hand-crafted, artisanal details, Chiso’s workshop only produces about 25 kimono per year, with each one taking several months to create from scratch.

Although the market for traditional kimono is not getting any bigger, these pieces are truly works of art, and this has been evident from a special virtual exhibition of Chiso’s wares hosted by the Worcester Art Museum, entitled Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso.

The exhibit features detailed explanations of the kimono-making process along with some stunning photographs! So be sure to read the full Atlas Obscura article to get some history on Chiso and then kick back for the weekend enjoying what the virtual exhibit has to offer!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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