The Japanese Arts and Culture celebration in Yachats, Oregon last week brought a taste of Japan to the Northwest. The Events Center of the Overleaf Lodge was artfully transformed into an exhibition space filled with a wide array of fabric and crafts. The Hauser Gallery was proud to display our kimonos, obis, books, dolls and rare items of cultural signifigance.
Our vintage Kimonos drew oohs and ahhs from viewers as they checked out the apparel ranging from exquisitely subtle to dazzling with intricate patterns and explosions of color: it was a kimono extravaganza.
Rose Estes’s lecture on the history of the Kimono informed and entertained us. Her own fascination with the work of these unknown Japanese seamstresses animated the talk, and we all left fascinated as well.
The event would not have been possible without the tireless organizational work of Andrea Scharf. Working with the Yachats chamber of commerce, the Green Salmon, Ona restaurant and the bakery, she made it happen. So thank you Andrea, and all of Yachats.
Of course the real star of the show was the beautifully simple complexity we call Japanese culture; ongoing and deep drawing.