Robert Mucci, Japanese textiles and the kimono, January 2009


SoCo ‘In Conversation' Thursday 29th January 7- 9 pm

Japanese textiles and the kimono

Robert Mucci shows items from his extensive collection of 19th and 20th century Japanese textiles and garments, in a talk on the history and symbolism, the sensuality and creativity, the workmanship and skill involved in the fabrication. This is a rare opportunity to see these amazing textiles at close quarters. Some of these are ‘museum quality', all are visually splendid. 

An example of garments on show: ‘Lozenge Diaper. Stitchwork on hemp. Kogin Type, end of Edo period (1801-1868). The patterns are hand embroidered in white cotton threads on dark blue hemp cloth in a technique which involves crossing of the threads over and under regular numbers of warp and wefts, each motif requiring a specific system of counting. Repetition and combinations of these motifs give rise to a rich variety of design. This coat is Quilted Sashiko method of sewing together one or more layers of textile, sometimes rags, that is strong and warm.

This cloth is embroidery work by women of agricultural villages in Aomori and Akita Prefectures. To ensure a good marriage it is essential for her to learn the Kogin technique. Training began at an early age and by the time of marriage a woman would have woven a number of kimono for herself and her husband to be'.  

The Beacon , 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS ( for downloadable map) 

£5 (£4 SoCo members) includes glass of wine. For booking, please see contact details below.  

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please phone Judy on 01424 431305 or email to book or for more information.