‘Living colours’ is a wonderful exhibition at Japan House in London.
It explores the coloured layers of kimono (juunihitoe) worn by the aristocracy of Japan’s Heian era, and the relationship of the colours to the seasons. The exhibition displays exquisite silks naturally dyed and layered to represent spring cherry blossom; willow; summer iris; or a winter landscape. These beautiful garments and their symbolism are described in the writings of Sei Shonagon and Murasaki Shikibu. It was wonderful to see the exhibition and have the opportunity to understand kasane a little more!