2018∙06∙29 | Stores

ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO
KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans

“KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans” has begun at the KURA gallery of ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO, a communication space that connects the people and cultures of the East and West, particularly those of Kyoto.

ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO “KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans”
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO “KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans”
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO “KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans”

The exhibition includes a film on the process by which uchiwa fans are made.

ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO “KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans”
(film: On Crafting Uchiwa Fans by Noriaki Okamoto, courtesy of Kyo-Uchiwa Aiba)


KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans

The project began when ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO asked Kyo-Uchiwa Aiba to make an uchiwa fan featuring the store's logo. Located on Yanaginobanba Street, the same street as ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO, Aiba has handcrafted uchiwa fans with a traditional yet creative approach since 1689 - that's 329 years.

“Kyo-uchiwa” is a type of uchiwa fan made by the sashie (handle insertion) technique, where the face and handle of the fan are made separately and joined together by inserting the handle into the face. Aiba refined this technique to develop a new type of uchiwa fan called sukashi-uchiwa (see-through uchiwa fan) by cutting out patterns and arranging them on both sides of the face. This merging of traditional practices with new ideas resonated strongly with ISSEY MIYAKE.

“KURA Exhibition: Uchiwa Fans” shows how Aiba's work has evolved with each new era, and features an exhibit of the ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO fan that started it all. The fan was designed by art director Katsumi Asaba, who worked on the store's logo.

Period:
June 29 (Fri) - August 14 (Tue)
Store:
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO
604-8112 89 Tsuchiyacho, Sanjo-sagaru, Yanaginobanba-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Tel.+81-75-254-7540

Kyo-uchiwa fans in 4 patterns will be sold in the following stores from mid-July.

  • We carry a limited number of uchiwa fans. The sale ends once the stock is sold out.

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