Exhibitions

KimonoMetrix | Kimono Patterns by Textile design students | Shenkar

Shir Meller-Yamaguchi

The kimono, a significant representative of Japanese culture, is essentially a garment of a fairly uniform rectangular shape. It is in fact the pattern that gives each kimono its beauty and singularity. In Japan, the choice of pattern and color represents age, social status, and marital status, while also taking into consideration the season of the year. For example, in summer, a refreshing image of water will be chosen in a stylish and cool color scheme, while in spring, a cherry blossom pattern will be preferred.

The kimono patterns presented in this exhibition were designed by students in the Department of Textile Design at Shenkar College, led by Dr. Ella AmitaySadovsky. Each pattern recounts the designer’s personal and local story, translated into a repetitive pattern. Like the asymmetrical compositions that characterize some of the traditional kimonos, the patterns of these new designs also create a continuous arrangement that spreads across the entire textile,incorporating motifs in different colors and textures to achieve diversity and interest.

The design of the patterns is based on mathematical and geometric principles that draw inspiration from nature. The fascinating process of developing the patterns, presented here alongside the kimonos, reveals the evolution of the idea and the sources of inspiration for the design, among them: childhood games, a tiger hiding in the landscapes of the Dead Sea, personal memories from the Yom Kippur War, and the experiences of a café waitress.

Alongside the contemporary kimono patterns, the exhibition features traditional Katagamipatterns – spectacular Japanese paper cuttings from Shenkar’s collection. These masterfully designed stencils were used for dyeing the patterns on the kimono.

The exhibition invites you the visitors, big or small, to experiment with designing your own kimono using various techniques inspired by the models.

The kimono patterns were printed with the support of Kornit Digital.