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Talk-demonstration “Tradition and Future of Kimono: Kimono as Art and as a Dress”

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Kimono is a traditional dress that has been used in Japan for more than a thousand years. Among its different styles we can find pieces that for their distinguished formal character are only used on special occasions.

The stylist Mai Hosoi carries out new forms of expression of kimono that respect the original piece and dressing and folding traditional techniques, but she adapts it to the contemporary lifestyle to broaden the range of occasions where you can enjoy and admire them. Her main objective is to create new forms of art that connect people nowadays with the kimono.

Mai Hosoi will present at this talk-demonstration new forms of expression of the emblematic Japanese piece of clothing: kimono as a dress and kimono as a picture.

Also, Laura Maraver, expert in Japanese clothing who learnt in Japan with Japanese masters in the art of clothing (kitsuke) and Japanese traditional sewing (wasai), will go back to the origins of this traditional piece of clothing and the conventional ways of wearing it.

The session, where you can find pictures made my Mai Hosoi with kimonos, will end with a demonstration of kimonos placed in the shape of a dress with 5 models dressed by Mai Hosoi.

Kimono as a Dress

Among the different kimonos that exist we find the furisode, a style of kimono worn by young women with high social status while they are single. According to this tradition, the furisode is worn on special occasions such as the Coming of Age Ceremony and weddings.

Hosoi's proposal is to give life to furisode beyond these limited ceremonies and to extend their range of expression. Forgetting about its original shape, she presents alternatives that highlight the beauty of the piece with the purpose to freely express herself without losing any smartness.

Her project presents a way to wear it without cutting or hurting the item, and uses the traditional techniques of wearing a kimono (kitsuke) to give it the shape of a dress adapted to modern taste, always with the desire for future generations to continue wearing them, until the day when people might want to wear it in the traditional style again

Kimono as a Picture

Among the kimonos worn by highly positioned Japanese women we can find kurotomesode, traditionally worn by mothers of brides and grooms on their wedding day. It consists of a dressing item made with highly delicate techniques, known as the "masterpiece" of kimonos. Due to the fact that it is an extremely formal dress, it is worn few times in lifetime, which is the reason why many Japanese women currently choose a Western dress or another kind of kimono thay can wear on many occasions.

This is why, despite it being a special piece, many end up living in a drawer, without being used for a long time.

To avoid it, Hosoi suggests giving it life by turning it into an art object so all its charms can be enjoyed.

7.00pm Welcome words
Naohito Watanabe, General Consul of Japan in Barcelona
Rafael Bueno, Politics, Society and Educational Programme Director of Casa Asia


Mai Hosoi (Prefecture of Saitama, 1982). She is in contact with kimonos thanks to her grandmother who is mater in the art if kitsukeE. She learns a lot from her about the tradition of kimonos, different fabric, designs and styles, and the occasions when each kind is worn.

Later, she starts at the Japanese school Hakubi, where she is trained on the art of kitsuke. When she moved to Barcelona, she began to work as a stylist at photography sessions and she funded the company Mayu no Kimono, through which she offers old pieces and stylism and design services for individuals, events, films and others. Until now she has been at the Bunbu festival of Japanese culture in Barcelona, at the Valid World Hall Gallery, Chivita Fashion Market and 8037 Market.

Laura Maraver, Fine Arts and East Asian Study Graduate. Her passion for Japan woke up many years ago, as a result of her interest in art. In 2007 she discovered the kimono and since then she hasn't stopped studying and researching this world. A stay in Japan allows her to deepen and specialise in Japanese clothing in different related courses, such as: kitsuke (the art of wearing a kimono), wasai (Japanese sewing) and yuuzen (silk painting), among others. She currently combines the sale of Japanese traditional clothes with different courses for learning to wear kimonos and Japanese sewing.

2019/02/15 19:00 h
Friday 15th of February from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Can Jaumandreu
Carrer Perú, 52
Free admission with prior registration.
Casa Asia and General Consulate of Japan in Barcelona
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