Nestled in the foothills of Ukyo-ku in Kyoto, craftsman at a traditional suminagashi (ink marbling) factory create bold, fluid, stone-shaped patterns “STONE” series to harmonize with Issey Miyake’s latest collection themed “As the Way It Comes to Be”, which is on exhibition at the KURA Gallery in Kyoto.
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO © ISSEY MIYAKE INC.
Ink marbling has been used in Japan since the Heian period, and Issey Miyake’s returned it to prominence with a fall collection that consists of two shirts, a pants, dress, and a jumpsuit-all hand-dyed stone-inspired patterns crafted into wearable art.
STONE © ISSEY MIYAKE INC.
The sumi (black ink) dye softens to a hazy gray. In addition to the monochrome pieces, another pattern uses a soft palate of ivory, beige, and beige-gray to define the organic orb shapes, emphasizing the concept of stone on loose, soft polyester fabric. A natural stone color palette, STRATA PLEATS, is available exclusively in the ISSEY KIYAKE KYOTO store.
Established in 2018 in downtown Kyoto, ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO was a residence re-envisioned by the designer Naoto Fukasawa, who incorporated large picture windows overlooking a stone garden and the former Kura storehouse, which is currently the exhibition space.
KURA Gallery © ISSEY MIYAKE INC.
The ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO is infused with the Japanese concept of monozukuri (making things), and it encompasses the value of ongoing creation by bringing together art directors, architects, and craftsmen to create art, architecture, and culture that combine tradition and innovation.
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO KURA Exhibition “INK MARBLING”
Date: August 26th – September 19th, 2021
Open: 12:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Place: ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO KURA Gallery
Address: 89 Tsuchiyacho, Sanjo-sagaru, Yanaginobanba-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81 (0)75 254 7540
Text: Amelia Ijiri
Photos: Courtesy of ISSEY MIYAKE