Kimono: Fashioning Culture
In this beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book Liza Dalby traces the history of the kimono - its designs, uses, aesthetics and social significance.
The colourful and stylised kimono, the national garment of Japan, expresses not only Japanese fashion and design taste but also reveals something of the soul of Japan, and is seen by many as a symbol for all that is Japanese - simplicity, elegance and beauty. Amazingly beautiful, the kimono has gone through many changes in the centuries since it was first imported from China, changes that reflect the way that Japanese society has also developed over the ages.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JenneB - LibraryThing
I was at a museum in Japan that had some antique kimono, and I thought, you know, I would really like to read a book about the history and cultural meaning of kimono. This book could not have been ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lilithcat - LibraryThing
As a collector of Japanese textiles, particularly obi and haori (a form of kimono), I consider this book to be an absolute necessity. Liza Dalby, an anthropologist, discerns Japanese culture through ... Read full review