Aug. 25, 2021

CHISO GALLERY | Reviving Yuzen design

“Reviving Yuzen design”,  the exhibition will start on 28th August at Chiso gallery.

Reviving Yuzen design

The term ZUAN was created as a Japanese translation of the English word DESIGN. The concept of design was introduced into the Japanese industrial sector during the Meiji period as a part of the government's policy to encourage the production and export of arts and crafts for the promotion of the emerging industry. 

During the same period, Chiso brought new designs to the conventional Yuzen style to establish a new era of Yuzen-dyeing. Today considered to a pioneering reform, Chiso began this innovative approach in the 6th year of the Meiji era (1873), two years before the government started to produce the Onchi Zuroku (Catalog of Design Patterns), a collection of craft designs to guide Japanese artisans. 

This exhibition will showcase Kata Yuzen (stencil dyeing) textiles of the time, share the history of Chiso's modern, innovative designs, and detail kimono style trends in each period. 

Held at the same time ― New pursuit for beauty

“New pursuit for beauty - CHISO as culture keeper” will hold at the project space, next to the Chiso gallery from the same day as “Narrative of colors”. It shall introduce the story of the Uchikake kimono made by Chiso has been welcomed as a new piece to the collection of the Worcester Art Museum(WAM), Massachusetts, USA.

The exhibition development through its concept, design, and techniques behind together with the photographs and miniature of kimono pieces.

Hope that visitors would enjoy to see Chiso's craftsmanship that to create new beauty through incorporating inherited culture and style.

Click here for about the exhibition Uchikake kimono at the WAM.

Reviving Yuzen design
28th August 2021 ~ 28th November 2021

New pursuit for beauty - CHISO as culture keeper
6th March 2021~ 9th May 3rd October 2021 We will extend the exhibition period of the  “New pursuit for beauty - CHISO as culture keeper” to 3rd October.
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Admission free
※Closed Monday - Wednesday
2nd floor of the Chiso flagship store
80 Mikuracho Sanjyo Karasuma Nakagyo-ku Kyoto