Both a university-trained artist and a traditional wax resist silk dyer, Makiko Shigeta is helping to redefine kimono aesthetics for the 21st century.
Whereas the Japanese world of kimono art ranges from yuzen cherry blossoms created with dye applied with tiny brushes using a paste resist to very complex, three dimensional weaving, Shigeta's clever portrayal of every day articles is refreshing and original.
Though her themes are light and evocative, Shigeta's dyeing and design skill are first rate.
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