Altfield Gallery Kimono Exhibition
3 March - 17 March
In celebration of spring, Altfield Gallery is presenting a special decorative exhibition of vintage Japanese silk kimonos. Meaning “thing to wear”, this versatile garment was worn by men and women throughout Japan until the late 19th /early 20th century when western styles of dress slowly slipped into normal life. However, women continue to wear the garment today and when they do so they are seen as embodying all the virtues and beauty of traditional feminine values.
The focus of the exhibition is the Furisode – a long-sleeved kimono for young unmarried women, which display some of the most exuberant designs mixing many patterns and colours, in a spectacular way. They are loaded with symbolism and therefore can be “read” and tell stories. As a result, they are very carefully chosen or commissioned by the wearer.