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Japanese Folds


Unravel the Japanese practice of ‘folding’ and ‘unfolding’ in this display spanning traditional decorative arts to contemporary fashion, and featuring more than 30 objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ collection.

See beautiful avant-garde contemporary Japanese fashion including Issey Miyake’s pre-heated pleats garments, Reiko Sudo’s ‘Origami Pleats’ textile length, and Hiroaki Ohya’s ‘The Wizard of Jeanz’, a collection of books that transform into clothing.

The display also provides an insight into traditional Japanese aesthetics, through objects such as a folded kimono wrapped in ‘tato-shi’ (wrapping paper for a kimono); traditional Japanese fans; a wood block prints book which can be unfolded up to four metres; and a contemporary porcelain sculpture that reflects the beauty of origami.

Kimono folding and wearing demonstration: On Saturday 31 May, join kimono specialist Makiko Homma who will demonstrate the art of folding and wearing a kimono. Book now.

This event is presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.


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