Vintage Kimono and Obi
We are delighted to have the opportunity to display two stunning examples of traditional Japanese dress – a kimono and an obi. These have been loaned to us by a Japanese woman who is part of a group of marmalade makers who are visiting the UK in October. Marmalade making is very popular in Japan.
The kimono we have on display is about 40 years old and made of silk. It was bought by a mother for her daughter to wear for special occasions such as the Coming of Age ceremony – a public holiday in Japan – when young people who have reached the age of 20 are celebrated.
There is a special way to fold kimonos which every girl used to learn at school. If you don’t know how to fold one, it is impossible to make it lay completely flat, so once unfolded, it is best to hang it up.
The Obi is an ornate sash, and the one displayed in the gallery is about 60 years old and made of silk. Obis can be various lengths and widths and there are many traditional ways of tying them.
The group of marmalade makers will be bringing a selection of traditional textiles when they visit in October, and these will be exhibited locally. The women will be joining Rowan McOnegal – who is exhibiting her Japanese wood block prints at the Made in the Marches gallery in August - for a workshop in herbal medicine and natural perfumes.