This exhibition explores the work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. It showcased their careful creation of color combinations and how Yoshioka has studied and developed Japan’s age-old natural dyeing culture known for its vibrant colors. We immersed visitors in a forest of colors, displaying the traditional dyed fabric as a series of layers draped over columns. More The installation recreated the language of "Kasane," a concept of layering colors. This was first seen in the Heian-period in the kimonos that the nobility wore, and it still resonates with Japanese aesthetics today. Yoshioka has always tried to capture the colors of the changing seasons in its dyes, as well as the current fashion trend and sensibility. We built a number of columns draped with Kasane, designed as a “forest” that visitors can enjoy while being surrounded by colors. By placing exhibition pieces among them, visitors were given the opportunity to learn more about various aspects of their craft, such as the natural dyeing materials, tools, dyeing process, Heian literature and culture, Kasane, and the importance of its relation to Buddhist ceremonies.

Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combination
Japan House London
5 April - 19 May 2019

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