Nikkei National Museum exhibit to illuminate the art of the kimono

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      If you've ever wanted to learn more about kimonos, or simply enjoy appreciating the art of this Japanese garment, there's an upcoming exhibition devoted to the world of the kimono.

      Kimono Culture: The Beauty of Japanese Culture Viewed Through the Lense of Kimono will be held from May 20 to September 3 at the Nikkei National Museum (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby).

      The exhibition will explore various facets about this traditional clothing, including the philosophy behind them (coordination with climate and season, attention to detail, harmony with nature), ecological elements (structure, textiles), and their art (craft, design, dying and weaving techniques, patterns, motifs).

      The exhibition will begin with a free opening celebration on May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. which will include a guest curator talk, gallery tour, dance demonstration, ikebana, and tea and Japanese treats.

      Workshops on shibori dying (July 23), Japanese embroidery (August 19), and kimono handicraft (August 26) will be held, as well as a free talk about the history of the kimono (June 24).

      Details are available at the Nikkei National Museum website.