Bamboo Grooves for Mame Kurogouchi SS’23 | Words by Nafiseh Soolari

Dear Shaded Viewers,

For the new collection, it’s all about the simplicity of bamboo. The equilibrium achievable through the quality of bamboo–tranquility, force and tension. Inspired by the works of Iizuka Rōkansai, you see delicate embroidery and jacquard on silks in colors centered around natural tones. The colors are achieved by arimatsu-shibori–traditional dying techniques. Unique ceramic buttons were hand made by Kurogouchi in collaboration with artist Ryohei Yamamoto and Yuki Hirakura. Cord embroidery, an iconic staple of Mame Kurogouchi, could be seen throughout. Ensembles were embellished with bamboo technique necklaces, earrings, and earcuffs. Bamboo beads were woven with macrame cords embellishing a Kijima Takayuki collaborative hat. In addition to kitten heel pumps and sandals charmed with impactful decorative weaving, Zori–Japanese traditional sandals, were designed in collaboration with Hakimono Sekizuka. It was all about timeless strength combined with tranquil modernity for Kurogouchi.


Nafiseh Soolari

Nafiseh Soolari

Nafiseh Soolari is a creative consultant, writer and photographer— "I love translating the beauty I see in all the moments around me, people, places, things; and I aspire to share my vision: to create a single moment for me and you to connect and realize what this amazing world has to offer..."