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domingo, 8 de novembro de 2015

Victoria and Albert Museum. The world's leading museum of art and design. Japanese Art & Design - Colour

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Japanese Art & Design

Colour is often used to convey messages in Japanese design. The wearing of certain colours, or the use of particular colours in the home, could indicate a person's beliefs. The Buddhist philosophy emphasized that to reach enlightenment and escape from earthly desires one must lead a simple, frugal life. At various times the shogunate also issued dictates on which colours could be used by different social classes on particular occasions, in order to limit ostentatious display in everyday life and the home.

Kimono (detail), Japan

'Luxurious' colours: Multicolours

The use of multicolours is not considered vulgar in certain situations. They are viewed as lively and exciting when used at festivals, public celebrations and inaugurations. They symbolise novelty.

Kimono (detail)
Monochrome figured satin silk or artificial silk, with printed decoration
Width 123 cm x height 142 cm

This 20th century kimono would have been worn by a young woman. The design of open fans, flowers and a meandering stream is a traditional one, but the dense, lively pattern and brilliant colours would have made it a very modern garment.

V&A South Kensington. Cromwell Road. London SW7 2RL

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