The mystery surrounding the enigmatic lives of exotic Kimono wearing Japanese Geishas has always enthralled people and now an exhibit unfolding the enchanting life of one of the most famous Geishas of the 20th century, Ichimaru, is on at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.
Titled as ‘From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru’, the event aims to chart the fascinating journey of Ichimaru’s evolution from a full-time Geisha to a highly successful recording artist through an exquisite collection of her sumptuous hand-crafted Kimonos and other personal belongings.
Originally organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, the display includes a cream-coloured kimono decorated with peony, phoenix bird and cherry blossom embroidery, a homongi (a kimono style for semi-formal occasions) adorned with motifs of bridge, riverbank and willow tree.
Scheduled to run through May 25, 2014, the exhibit also features a special kimono featuring the spring wind characters, pointing towards the vocalist’s first hit number, the theme song of the 1933 movie Nure Tsubame (Wet Swallow), as well as documents relating to Ichimaru’s life.
Started in 2001, the exhibit has earlier travelled to locations like the prestigious National Geographic Society Museum in Washington D.C. and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
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