Samurai houses in Kanazawa

On a recent trip to Kanazawa, I visited the Samurai/Geisha area, where there were still some traditional Japanese buildings.  Japanese buildings are full of lines: vertical and horizontal and I am fascinated by them.  I took many photos in Kanazawa, many of which I feel can be used as the starting point for textile designs.  Here are some of the shots:

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In this restored medicine shop, we were shown some examples of wedding kimonos:

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Here is the curtain the prospective bride will take to her groom’s parents’ house.  She will walk through it the first time she enters the house.

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Here we have traditional straw slippers, hung outside the house.

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A close-up shot of the washi paper used to make the shoji screens or sliding doors traditionally used in Japanese houses to divide rooms.

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Japanese gardens are so beautiful, full of textures, reflections and interesting shapes.  Lots of inspiration for future designs, methinks!

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A lovely example of a sliding window and…

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a lovely old pot with a wonderful patina and interesting shape.

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