Kyoto Exhibition Celebrates Traditional Japanese Women’s Clothing and Dyeing Techniques

23.July.2021 | FASHION

The Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association opened an exhibition at the Bunka Gakuen Fukushoku Museum last Thursday dedicated to traditional Japanese women’s clothing and the traditional dyeing and weaving techniques of Kyoto over the past 1500 years.

Nara Period garments

Edo Period garments

19th century garment from the Edo and Meiji periods

19th century garment from the Edo and Meiji periods

Dyeing and weaving festival procession

On the first floor of the exhibition, the museum is displaying a collection of rare and valuable traditional garments from across Japanese history, spanning from the Edo (1603-1867) to the Showa (1926-1989) eras. Visitors will also be able to observe Kyoto-style dyeing and weaving techniques in-person as well as get involved on a workshop.

 

Up on the second floor, mannequins will line the floor wearing traditional female dress from the Kofun period (300-710 AD) to the early Meiji period (1868-1912). The clothes have been restored and so allow visitors to see what each piece would have looked like at the time.

 

In the early Showa period, the Senshoku Matsuri, or Dyeing & Weaving Festival, was held to help promote the dyeing and weaving industry of Kyoto. It stopped as a result of the Second Sino-Japanese War and was never revived, resulting in it having become something of a legend in Kyoto history.

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