Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Traditional World of Kimono

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild will present "The Complex Nature of the Traditional World of Kimono," a talk by Holland resident Etta Hesselink on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7pm at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th Street, in downtown Holland.  The public is invited to attend with a $7 donation for nonmembers.

Mrs. Hesselink, who spent 20 years living in Japan and collected kimono and the related accessories such as obi, says “To the casual observer, wearing a kimono may seem to be a simple matter, but to the knowledgeable Japanese, it is an exceedingly complex and expensive choice filled with innumerable pitfalls. It quickly becomes an investment, not primarily a choice of vestment." She will show a DVD about wearing kimono and illustrate her talk on the beauty and artistry of kimono with many actual pieces such as wedding kimono, obi, fabrics and books for up close viewing by the audience.

The Muskegon Museum of Art will begin an exhibit on Oct. 21 of a portion of Mrs. Hesselink’s collection entitled, “Splendid Threads,” running through January 23.

Earlier this year the Saugatuck Center for the Arts exhibited many kimono in her collection. The collection included fabulously embroidered kimono, indigo dyed, ikat woven kimono, and kimono for children. 

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