型紙 in Dresden

Until February the 22nd a fine beauty is to be seen in Dresden:  型紙 – katagami – cut-outs for Kimono patters. Out of a collection with more than 15.500 thin papers – fine and precisely cut – a few are presented with the theme: logical rain a rather stiff translation of the japanese title 雨の形跡 (traces of the rain). The largest collection of Katagami from the Edo-period, forgotten for more than 125 years – finally rediscovered and brought to daylight again.

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The entrance as well as the astonishingly informational & thick leaflet are for free.

I would like to share some picture I took, but for the full experience I highly recommend to visit it & to experience the serene atmosphere – music, lightening & the baroque ensemble of Japanese Palais:

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the boxes they were stored in – 92 in total. as you can see, they seem to be re-used, as the rewriting of the content suggests

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and this is how it looks printed on a Kimono

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an important note at the end:

At the moment my hometown Dresden is known for a saddening (and maddening) movement named “PEGIDA” – a march against “Islamisation of the West”. I will write about this as well. I am thinking, talking and discussing about it. For now a comment from The Guardian from three days ago: Germany’s anti-Islamic movement Pegida is a vampire we must slay

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