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Original KIMONO by Naoki Nomura
The Nippon Gallery host an Original Kimono Exhibition by Naoki Nomura, one of the living masters of the Kyo Yuzen style of kimono design. Kyo Yuzen is based on a dyeing technique perfected in Kyoto around the middle of Japan's Edo period, which lasted from 1603 to 1867. Nomura uses traditional dying methods that result in a sedate tone. At the same time, he injects a bright liveliness into his work by exquisitely depicting scenery or flowers on the fabric. His original works lend a traditional element of grace and beauty to women who live in the present age. The exhibition showcases 15 original Kimono and 3 obi depicting Kyoto's culture, sights, and the formation of the city. Nomura uses various colors he himself created to spectacularly depict scenery. Nomura's Kimonos embrace both tradition and elegance, with a flair for the modern.

Cherry Blossom Party
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Tango “Kawari Muji” Silk
Description: This is an elegant and refined kimono.
With cherry blossom at the corner, the four seasons are represented with all their flowers in full bloom. Both yuzen and the technique of rubbing gold onto the fabric are used.

The Arrival of Spring
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Tango “Kawari Muji” Silk
Description: At the hem, a weeping cherry. Spilling from the shoulder, wild butterbur blossoms are arranged, creating the charming sensation that spring has arrived. The design is drawn using the Yuzen technique.

Green Dragon
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Plain Tango Silk
Description: The silk was first dyed black. Then, to capture a sense of unhesitating strength. I spontaneously drew my design without the aid of a prior sketch in order to capture the direct power and immediacy of the design.

Genji Incense
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Patterned Tango Silk
Description: The bluish grey ground changes subtly to a pink color and creates an elegant combination. The Genji Incense designs are draw and without being overdone are scattered across the surface, creating an elegant kimono.

Green Momiji
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Hama Chirimen
Description:

Bamboo Grass in the Waves
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Tango “Kawari Muji” Silk
Description: Even now when seeing the theme of flowering waves with bamboo grass, one feels as though he has slipped back to the time of Kaguya Hime. The Tale of the bamboo Cutter. For the most part the design of this kimono is done in embroidery.

Red Fans
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Pattered Tango Silk
Description: The red fans illustrate a feeling of refinement and elegance. Batik and embroidery are used to create the atmosphere of graceful sensibility within the Imperial period.

Bugaku
Type: Houmongi
Fabric: Pattered Tango Silk
Description: The ground color at the hem is a slate grey. Scattered across the kimono are images of a taiko drum, mouth organ and flute. The taiko drum, visible on the kimono’s outer front panel, suggests physical energy and vigor.

Shinto Dance bells
Type: Dyed Obi
Fabric: Patterned Tango silk
Description: This motif is a favorite of the artist. Through the design, the gentle sprit of the artist is felt in this cherished composition.

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