Jacqueline Atkins, 'Kimono, Quilts and the Color of Tea'

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January 21, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
January 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum
Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Many of the traditional Japanese palettes of brilliant color such as blue, red and purple have been greatly admired in the West, but taupe — a different but no less traditional palette that draws from the many shades of browns, grays and greens that represent the colors of tea — has long been quietly appreciated in Japan. Although many non-Japanese have criticized taupe as monochromatic, this subtle and seemingly unpretentious palette, influenced by both sumptuary laws and the culture of tea over the centuries, has played an important aesthetic role, not least in its impact on the traditional textiles of Japan, such as kimono, as well as on newcomers (quilts) from the West, which quickly found an exciting home in the Japanese taupe palette.
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