11/28/2013

Edo- Komon


Recently, I wore my favorite Edo-Komon kimono which seems to fit autumn. This kimono is red with contrasting density. When I take a close look of it, I can see various delicate patterns just dyed in red. Maple leafs can be seen in this Edo-Komon fabric, which seem that red maple leafs swing in the wind in autumn.

An Edo-Komon dyer, Yasutaka Komitya, one of the Japanese living national treasures, told about the beauty of the fine Edo-Komon pattern, “Now I think that the Edo-Komon pattern should be nothing”. Edo-Komon has transparent beauty with even arrangement of white (pattern color) and ground color (fabric color). Because Edo-Komon pattern is so small, Edo-Komon fabrics seem to have solid color on first glance, but Yasutaka Komitya said “I am trying to exert its originality and ingenuity for ‘nothing’of Edo-Komon dyeing.” I think that his words pointed out the essence of Edo-Komon.

I found his important message about production in the book which shows Kimoya’s words, “Production always needs satisfy the necessities in each of the times”. He said, “My father, Yasusuke Komiya (who was also the Japanese living national treasures) always told me that it was impossible to preserve Edo-Komon and other traditional products unless they became practical. My father took care of old paper stencils very much, but he applied them to actual Edo-Komon dyeing without hesitation”. Obsolete things perish even if they are marvelous. Yasutaka Komitya told that we must try more for applying Edo-Komon to the modern life.

Old people mostly recognized Edo-Komon as conservative and austerely elegant. I think that Edo-Komon is not gorgeous, but smart-looking, and we can casually wear it in our time.

-Reference: “Edo-Komon: Splendid Edo Beauty, Japanese dyeing and weaving 6” published by Tairyu-Sha

This photo shows the Edo-Komon made by Yasutaka Komiya, which was published in the book. It is fallen plum and arabesque pattern.

This photo can be seen in this book. It is clove-shaped, fine sharkshin pattern.

Previously I wrote the blog entry about the stencils of Komon, Ise Katagami: Ise paper stencils. Please also read my old entry at http://blog1.kimonohiro.com/2009/01/ise-katagami-ise-paper-stencils.html.

11/14/2013

Handmade message cards

I was asked by Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) International to have a lecture about kimono at the time of the Ikebana class.
Ms. Kubota from Ikebana International came to our studio for the meeting.

At that time, She gave me handmade message cards.
The excess kimono clothes were used for these cards. Some of them were Edo Komon fabrics. dyed by Ms. Yasutaka Komiya, one of Japanese living national treasures for kimono fabric dyeing.
In one card, a frog was made with Origami paper. It is tasteful, so I even want to display it inside a frame on the wall.

I think that people performing Ikebana can enjoy the expression of seasonal features. I also think that the world of the flower arrangement is similar as one of the kimono in expressing a sense of the seasons.

Here I display the photos of message cards created by Ms. Mieko Kubota.