Silk Crepe Work Conveys the Subject of The Seasons


camellia broochTraveling overseas, I was reminded of just how wonderful Japan really is.
The thing I noticed most was how wonderful the seasons are. In a climate that has four separate seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter, the changes in nature can be felt clearly because of Japan’s unique natural features.

I also think that Japanese people have a unique ability to carefully observe those changes with a subtle power of description. The natural phenomenon of plants, food, and animals changing with the seasons has been beautifully expressed in works of art since long ago.

gold fish bag“Studio Nohara” infuses that power of description into traditional handicrafts and silk crepe work. These pieces of work produced with care and affection will move the hearts of those who see them. I think that Japan’s sense of the seasons and power of description can be communicated to foreign visitors through these works of traditional handicraft. I sincerely hope that lots of people will be able to appreciate the fine art of Japanese handiwork.

Chrysanthemum bagFrom “Studio Nohara”
Silk crepe work is a traditional Japanese handicraft that uses the cloth left over from making a beautiful kimono, and creates the shapes of seasonal flowers and animals.

The art is handed down from one woman to another.
Carefully protecting the thoughts and traditional techniques that are worked into the shapes, we create handiwork using the same production methods that have been handed down since the Edo period. This is a world that uses natural motifs to produce beauty with subtle uses (such as purses, charm pouches, and fragrance pouches).

camellia & birdSilk crepe work gives shape to the thoughts and emotions that surround daily life. Work that conveys the subject of the seasons, the five festivals (New Year, Peach Festival, Boy’s Day, Tanabata, Chrysanthemum Festival), and hanging decorations that are handed down in different regions.

At the Peach Festival, all kinds of toys, food, and decorations featuring flowers and animals, are given with the words “May you be happy and comfortable for your whole life”, as loving parents hope for their children’s safe passage into adulthood.

Learning about the heart of Japan from the shapes we inherit, encountering cloth materials and the warmth of handiwork from across time as we study craftsmanship, we aim to create  work that directly reaches into people’s hearts.

We hope to deliver happiness with the warmth of our handiwork.”

image form Studio Nohara
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