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If you are fascinated by Japan culture you can not miss the exhibition “Y Kimono Now” from 23 July to 5 November (there is plenty of time to organize a great trip!) at Filatoio di Caraglio (Cuneo).

The Filatoio di Caraglio is the most antique silk factory still existing in Europe and it is the only one that has been transformed into a museum and exhibition space. The location of the exhibition is not casual: Italian silkworms merchants were always in touch with Japan because they traded Japanese silkworms, the only ones to withstand the pebrina, a disease that prevents silkworms from producing the precious thread. Some of these merchants were exactly from Caraglio.
The Martesana, the East Milan Area where I live, were another great area for silkworm rearing.

The exhibition takes us on a trip into the Japanese culture and aesthetics through over 100 original kimono from Nancy Stetson Martin’s collection. She is an  American artist and textile designer who has collected over 700 kimono of the 19th and 20th centuries for over 40 years.

Nancy is also the curator of the exhibition that introduces us into traditions, celebrations and Japanese landscapes through the decorations and the beauty of kimonos. Look at how beautiful she is in these photos!

“The decor language needs to be studied – says Nancy Martin Stetson – you can find it at its best on kimonos showing a tidy world, maybe happy… This is the world we want to tell you about through patterns and colors”.

I love the wonder hidden in details this exhibition will be a great opportunity to have a sneak peek into the Japanese culture.

Y Kimono Now
23 July – 5 November 2017
Thu-Sat 2.30-7.00 p.m. / Sun. – holiday 10 am- 7 pm
Filatoio di Caraglio – Via Giacomo Matteotti, Caraglio (CN)

Photo Gianni Pezzani