Spring 2019 Program: The Kimono

On April 10, Junco Sato Pollack and Eri Sato Woo assisted by their friend Shiori-san presented an outstanding program on the art of kimono dress.  Against the backdrop of a gorgeous wedding kimono, Junco-san, Eri-san and Shiori-san showed and described the many steps of kimono dress beginning with the basic undergarments.  Using volunteer models, Eri-san and Junco-san showed different kimono styles, designs and fabrics as well as many different ways of obi tying.

Additionally Eri-san professionally styled the hair for each of the women models.

Shiori-san narrated the historic and cultural perspective for each of the different kimonos presented.

Eri-san and Junco-san also brought many different new, vintage and antique Japanese textiles,  kimonos, obis, undergarments, and accessories which they displayed on tables around the room.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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TASA’s Spring Program: Symbolism in Japanese Textiles

On April 8, Merrily Baird, former CIA employee, presented a program on symbolism in Japanese textiles. 35 TASA members and friends attended the program held in the artifact-filled home of world-traveler Carolyn Branch.

Merrily spoke about the importance of the color purple in Japanese fabrics. Purple has been associated with lasting love because the dye comes from the Murasaki plant, a plant with long roots.

Merrily gave a historical perspective to the images used in kimonos.  She also illustrated her talk with swaths of fabric, ceramic pieces and other items.  TASA members enjoyed looking at the images of long grass, long turtle, cranes, plum blossoms, rivers, turnips, carrots, peonies, 8-petal flowers for the Buddhist 8-fold path and many other symbols.  Unlike in Chinese textiles, human figures are not commonly found on kimonos.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin