Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,
Yesterday I visited the 10th anniversary exhibition of visvim "Study and Practice Exhibition". At the exhibition you can see the original inspiration sources together with the final products of visvim.
I found it very interesting that they show the originals next to their final products. The products of visvim are not the "copy" of the originals – that is the reason why it makes it interesting to see them together. There are always twists and elaborate details interpretated by visvim on each product.
For example this dear skin leather jacket's original inspiration was a American flight jacket during the World War II. The piece from visvim has shaped body, smaller arm holes – and the dear leather was dyed with natural "AI" – "AIZOME (AI DYE)" can be only done in Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku in Japan. Wind stopper is used as a lining. Japanese traditional dye technique meets high tech material at American flight jacket = a visvim product.
The above piece is HAORI, made of hand ply-knotted Natual Indigo Dyed linen around 1800s. The below piece is Sanjuro Kimono – visvim Haori, made of natural indigo dyed hand ply-knotted Iammyin Showa-mura, Fukushima. You can see knots made by hands if you see the fabric closer.
The exhibition is up until Saturday 26th November – if you are in Tokyo, you should definitely visit – there are 2 more days left!!!
EYE OF GYRE/3F@GYRE 5-10-1 Jungumae Tokyo
Organized by visvim
Planning by honeyee.com