Here's an example of wisteria motif.
In Nuido. it is common to use combination of diagonal layer and separated layer or one of the other to create an atmosphere of wisteria.
Selecting technique is one of the important elements of Nuido as it will determine the whole atmosphere of design.
This is "Wisteria Festival" at Juun-ji, also as know as Wisteria temple. Around May, it is beautiful season to view wisteria in Japan. During the festival, you will be served with Japanese authentic music and tea ceremony.
We've seen many wisteria motifs in Japanese embroidery. It has an old history in relation to kimono costumes. We will introduce an example of wisteria design in later post.
Happy Mother's Day!
Share your love to your mother and relatives.
This flower is called Choshunka in Japanese, it is a type of rose.
This temple is called Daikouzen-ji located in Saga prefecture, Japan. It is also known as Azalea temple. As you can see, myriad of Azaleas are planted all over the property. The Azaleas at JEC were also beautiful. We regretted for not being able to take photos before they finish last week!
I admire for people who are taking care of these azaleas! Azalea temple, Japan
This picture gives inspiration for new designs. Azalea temple, Japan
Very soothing atmosphere. Azalea temple, Japan
Here is the whole picture of kimono stole we have been mentioning. You can see that there are rainbow-like color changes in fabric.
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For the autumn leaf, we use two different colors to express the color change, then we diagonally apply thin, mixed threads across the intersection of these two colors to create gradual blending. At last, we couch gold thread as veins. Several steps are made in order to create beautiful and durable embroidery.
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This Kimono stole has both autumn motif and spring motif which enables owner to wear either seasons.
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This is a close up of Kimono Stole which was produced by late Master Iwao Saito. Fabric is dyed in rainbow and motifs are stitched neatly.
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Dress with cherry blossom motif. Fire with cherry blossoms indicates that its theme is blossoms in the night.
People with kimono become decoration in Tea ceremony
Cherry blossom viewing, hanami in Japanese, is the quite essential spring activity in Japan for residents, and tourists alike! Heading to a park for a lovely stroll with kimono under the bright flowers is a pleasure.
Kimono in Cherry Blossom
Now is the cherry blossom season in Japan and many part of the world. Wearing the cherry blossom kimono gives cheerful feeling.
Here's an example of kimono coordination which can be a good match with the obi we posted day before. The obi color does not exactly match the color, but the idea here is to balance out the strong red with dark-colored kimono.
Finally as a stitcher, you may want to stitch on this fabric and give a lecture to your guest! This is yuzen dyed obi (not from us) Stitching the petals and leaves (veins) may create nice three dimensional effect.
When a guest enters your house, he/she will see Ikebana.
This is tea snack made out of gelatin. Can you see the little petals of hydrangea?
A tea bowl with Hydrangea motif.
Color Scheme of Samurai Armor
This samurai armor has purple as fundamental color, and gradation gets lighter as it goes towards top and ends with white. The coloration is typical and representative of Kamakura era and its iris color scheme symbolizes the prayer for the fortune of individual's battle. This color scheme still exits in a shrine in Tokyo.
It is encouraging to hear that beauty of color supports individual's tremendous ordeals and struggles.
There are so many ways to tie obi (sash for kimono). This particular method is called "Noshi tie."
Generally, Noshi is kind of ceremonial origami fold. It is not certificate, but is attached to gifts to express "good wishes". It is originally consisted of white paper folded with a strip of dried abalone or meat, considered a token of good fortune.
This cover is of "The Magazine of Beautiful Kimono," well-known magazine in Japan.
This edition has an article about Japanese embroidery of Kurenai-kai workshop in Japan where our embroidery style is originated. The title of the article is called "Embroidery, the art of needle and thread" We will post the article details later. Meanwhile, enjoy the picture!
Here's the 1st page of the article from "Magazine of Beautiful Kimono" This page explains about tools, needles, and silk threads. Tools used in Japanese Embroidery are compact and multipurpose. For example, awl is used to twist thread and also used for lacing the thread when framing.
This second page of the article explains about the tips for Japanese embroidery; such as your needle should always be perpendicular to the fabric when stitching, how to stroke flat silk with tekobari, and explanation on various twisted threads.
Third page of the article of "The Magazine of Beautiful Kimono" is about how to design an obi, color scheming hints, etc.
In teachers class 2013 which starts from next Sunday, we will be holding design course and participants will be stitching after that.
Following to the last article of "The Magazine of Beautiful Kimono" Another article of Japanese Embroidery/Nuido was introduced. We will keep you posted for the details of this article. The image is of cover of the magazine. She is wearing kimono with azalea motifs.
This is the article of Japanese Embroidery, Nuido. The Kimono and obi are stitched by the member of Kurenai-kai.
Title says, "Learning traditional techniques of Japanese Embroidery at prestigious school"
Japanese Embroidery Center and Kurenai-kai are like branches sharing common trunk.
Master Iwao Saito planted the seed of Nuido not only in the members of the main workshop, but also in countless students both within and outside of Japan.
A Happy New Year.
May 2014 be Filled with Joy and Happiness.
Hi, we hope you had a good stitching day.
When we were having Open Phase Class today, word "dojo" came to my mind. A dojo (道場 dōjō) is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way". Initially, dōjōs were adjunct to temples. The term can refer to a formal training place for any of the Japanese do arts but typically it is considered the formal gathering place for students of any Japanese arts style such as kendo, judo, or even for sado (tea ceremony) and kado (flower arrangement as seen on image), to conduct training, examinations and inner deepening through Zen.
Here at JEC, since each person is seeking for the "way," class is filled with respect for others. For sake of others we try to keep silence so each person can concentrate on pursuing and deepening of "Nuido"
It is not merely a class, but is dojo indeed.
It is absolutely touching and wonderful.
Hello there, several days ago, we received a question regarding when to wear obi associated with seasonal plants. Generally obi with flower design is worn earlier than the actual time, for example, if cherry is in full bloom, you can wear the falling petals design to make people anticipate. We have to be mindful that falling petals can be associated with negative impression so depending on a occasion you may want to reconsider. However, as cherry blossom and chrysanthemum motifs are so famous, people are able to wear them in any season, but they should be symbolic Yushoku (traditional) not the realistic one that is posted with this article.
Noda fuji (wisteria), a species native to Japan, comes in varieties named for their cascading trusses: Usubeni fuji (light pink), Murasaki fuji (purple), Naga fuji (long), Yae kokuryu (double-petaled black dragon), and Shiro fuji (white), which come into bloom in that order. Finally, a yellow variant of wisteria (known as Golden chain or Common laburnum; [Laburnum anagyroides]) - and widely considered difficult to grow in Japan - can also be enjoyed for over a month.
Three massive wisteria trellises extend for more than 1,000㎡, in addition to a large trellis of rare double-petaled wisteria, others suitably arranged as shrubs, an 80-meter tunnel of white and yellow wisteria, and some draped like a living screens, while the early evening sight of wisteria mirrored in the pond takes on an ethereal yet breathtaking beauty.
Enjoying the Glory of Flowers at Night
This is another snapshot of giant wisteria tree. It is very common to see people enjoying night cherry blossoms in Japan.
The night wisteria is quite beautiful as well!
The life of flower can be very short, why not appreciate their preciousness at every moment.
Greetings! Beginning of October, exhibition was held in Kurenai-kai, Japan. There were so many varieties of fabric, design and expression introduced from workshop. We hope to share them to you in the future.
This is a photo of a Nuido Teacher's house at Adelaide, South Australia.
The picture frame is nicely matched with the textured wall and cherry tree embroidery design. Very successful example to display one's Japanese embroidery masterpieces!
Students will be able to enjoy viewing the display before and after the class.
Wishing you a Happy New Year with hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.
The Ikebana is arranged by a Kado (The way of flower arrangement) artist here in Atlanta.
As a volunteer, we had a chance to participate at the international festival of elementary school in Atlanta. We were surprised and pleased to see that many children were intrigued to the embroidery.
Here at JEC, we celebrated Children's Day (子供の日) on May 5th. It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. The samurai armor is in size of a child and represents bravery hoping the children to grow boldly as samurai.
To accompany with this armor decoration, iris is arranged. It is a seasonal flower around May in Japan. Since the leave of iris is pointed and sharp, it is often used to represent the samurai swords.
Ikebana (生け花) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as Kadō (華道, the "way of flowers")
The spiritual aspect of Ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of Ikebana. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and soul.
Its concept is resembles to that of Nuido.
As we mentioned about the iris in earlier posts, we would like to introduce this obi design.
The iris blooms in early summer. The combination of the flower, water flow, and blue fabric express the atmosphere of cool summer taste. The water gives you the impression of the galaxy.
Image is taken from the cover of Nuido, Japanese Embroidery Journal, is the current quarterly of JEC. This journal will fill you in on the exciting journey of Japanese embroidery.
We are so grateful to have you here at our Facebook page in 2015. Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year!
Best wishes from your friends at JEC
A Happy New Year!
As we think about our friendship and how happy it has made us, I want to wish you happiness in the year to come.
This flower arrangement at entrance (genkan) of JEC is created by Yamaoka sensei of Ikenobo school, the oldest and largest school of ikebana, or Japanese floral art. It was founded in the 15th century by the Buddhist monk Senno. The school is based at the Rokkaku-dō temple in Kyoto.
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In early January, we were privileged to see the flower arrangement demonstrated by Ikenobo master Yamaoka sensei. Also, it was our pleasure to see Yamaoka sensei wearing embroidered Obi, "Shell Matching Game" produced by our late master Iwao Saito. You can see the gold leaf is applied on Japanese ancient purple fabric. The kimono she is wearing has real tie dye all over. It is such a joy to see the kimono coordination!
Ikenobo style has several methods in arranging flowers.
Origami cranes are hanged from the ceiling at flower arrangement. Interesting idea!