In the Edo period, strict restrictions were put on women’s clothing and
accessories according to their status or occupation. Despite such restrictions,
women used to pursue the expression of their own individualities in hair
accessories, enjoying prinking themselves up with various kushi (combs)
and kanzashi (hairpins) made with artisanal originality and ingenuity.
The Kushi Kanzashi Museum houses a hair accessory collection built up by
Chiyo Okazaki (1924–1999). The collection includes masterpieces from the
late Edo period and excellent works by renowned artists, including Korin
Ogata (1658–1716), Hoitsu Sakai (1761–1829) and Yoyusai Hara (1769–1845).
This exhibition introduces visitors to about 300 exhibits, including kushi
and kanzashi, which can be called “palm-size artworks” crystallizing the
essence of Japanese craftwork, as well as ukiyo-e woodblock prints, which
show us the customs of people in those times.
|【Date & Place】
1 December 2013 - 23 February 2014
21 June - 15 September 2014
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
1March - 17 April 2016
Okuda Genso Sayume Art Museum
28 January - 26 March 2017
Takasaki Tower Museum of Art
15 December 2018 - 24 February 2019
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
【For all the venues above】
Supported by: Sawanoi Museum of Combs and Oriental Hairpin, POLA Reserch
Institute of Beauty & Culture
Realized by: Ms. Chikako Tanabe,
Art Impression Inc.