Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2019

Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2019 [Announcement]
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Exhibition Information

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works is scheduled as follows.
*There's a possibility that schedule may be modified.

Location Exhibition Information
in Kyoto, Japan
Dates: From 16th October 2019 (wed) until 17th October 2019 (thu)
Opening time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Kyoto International Exhibition Hall (Miyako Messe), Hall 2-B
Address: 9-1, Okazaki Seisyoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
URL: http://www.miyakomesse.jp/english/
Access: [Kyoto city Subway] Higashiyama
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in Tokyo, Japan
Dates: From 7th December 2019 (sat) until 15th December 2019 (sun)
Opening time: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: Shibuya Hikarie, 8F.
Address: 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
URL: http://www.hikarie.jp.e.ui.hp.transer.com/access/
Access: Tokyu Toyoko Line, Denentoshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Fukutoshin Line "Shibuya Station" Exit 15 and direct connection. / Be connected directly in JR Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Keio Inokashira Line "Shibuya Station" and 2F connecting walkway.
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Announcement of the selection(Gold prize)

This time, in the Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2018, the works below have received Gold prize.
Congratulations to the winners!

Gold prize Prizewinners
Gold prize of Cabo Verde Yui Tsuchiya | Yokohama Hiranuma High School | #1 Design
Gold prize of Eswatini Sayaka Yamamura | Ohhara Japanese Fashion College | #2 Design
Gold prize of Botswana Chiyo Watanabe | (General Selection) | #3 Design
Gold prize of Comoros Minami Imaeda | Ichinomiya High School | #4 Design
Gold prize of Sao Tome and Principe Atsuko Sunaba | (General Selection) | #5 Design
Gold prize of Benin Hayato Chikamoto | Koran College of Fashion Design | #6 Design
Gold prize of Burundi Yutaka Hatano | (General Selection) | #7 Design
Gold prize of England Maki Tanaka | (General Selection) | #8 Design
Gold prize of Scotland Nanako Kubota | Rakuhoku Junior High Schoool | #9 Design
Gold prize of Wales Ai Michinaka | Tokuyama University | #10 Design

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Announcement of the selection(Silver prize)

The works below have received Silver prize. Congratulations to the winners!

Silver prize Prizewinners
Silver prize of Cabo Verde Kuraha Suzuki | Yokohama Hiranuma High School | #11 Design
Silver prize of Eswatini Shiori Nakamura | Aichi Bunka Fashion College | #12 Design
Silver prize of Botswana Natsuki Kiyota | (General Selection) | #13 Design
Silver prize of Comoros Etsuko Shirogai | Traditional Arts Super College Of Kyoto | #14 Design
Silver prize of Sao Tome and Principe Saki Dobashi | Aizu Yanaizu Gakuen Junior High Schoool | #15 Design
Silver prize of Benin Rio Kurogi | Koran College of Fashion Design | #16 Design
Silver prize of Burundi Nobue Miyake | (General Selection) | #17 Design
Silver prize of England Junko Haruta |(General Selection) | #18 Design
Silver prize of Scotland Haruka Kitamura | Traditional Arts Super College Of Kyoto | #19 Design
Silver prize of Wales Yoshino Sakamaki | Nagaoka Ohte High School | #20 Design

For the above-mentioned "Bronze prize" and "Honorable Mention" other than the Gold prize and Silver prize, we will exhibit at the Kyoto exhibition place.

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Have you ever heard of ‘Kimono’ ?

This elegant and beautiful Japanese traditional costume, was first worn by people 1300 years ago, has deeply rooted among the people’s heart. Yuzen is one of the most original kimono dyeing methods.
Presently, there are only few top craftsmen left with the skills to make Yuzen-style kimono.
The fabric used in Yuzen is the finest quality of silk made in Japan. There, top craftsmen who has long experience draw pattern on it, thus enabling them to make colorful and elegant kimono with fine patterns. Thanks for their patience and careful dyeing; we can enjoy many wonderful kimono masterpieces.

Four seasons of Japan
The hand drawn Yuzen reflects the seasonal natural beauty into silk, it is not simply succeeding the traditional technique but also adding the polished sensibility of expert who lived at the time. It is an embodiment of beauty in more sophisticated way. The Japanese sense of beauty elegantly exist there may be telling our generation today the genuine beauty and mind of Japan.
Yuzen, structured by patterns based on the rich seasonal taste, scenery and grass and flowers of Japan is a combined artwork developed by the graceful nature in Japan.


The future of Yuzen
By combining the various high techniques, one piece of kimono is created in hand drawn Yuzen. How these technique and design are transferred to each step is essential role of “Sensho”, a producer of kimono making. Sensho supervises overall steps and at the same time invents each kimono design and color with his honed sense.
Hand drawn Yuzen representing a beautiful tradition of Japan and the culture of kimono, is passed down through generations as evolving in its long history. It is still making a leap forward in various aspects as a representative of decoration culture and an opinion leader in the design world.
Works using the kimono fabric: In Japan, we produce new goods using kimono fabric and dyeing techniques.

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