Past Exhibitions

Summer Kimono: Hitoe and Katabira
June 10, 2015 - July 20, 2015

The people of ancient times made ingenious adjustments to their clothing in order to last through the hot, humid Japanese summer. They wore separate garments in early summer, midsummer, and late summer, marking the fleeting seasons with specific forms of dress. Summer kimono are either hitoe (unlined silk) or katabira (unlined linen), with the former worn during early and late summer and the latter worn in midsummer. Japanese culture's profound appreciation of the seasons can be seen in these summer kimono, which employ colors and patterns that produce a feeling of coolness.

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