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Japanese wedding garments on exhibition March 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts, Culture.

An exhibition of the traditional Japanese uchikake, or wedding kimono, long regarded as an art form, will be on display, starting Friday at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.

The vibrant display of flowing silks and brilliant colors of the traditional garments will be on exhibit through June 22. The garments are from Wind Whisper West in Wabasha. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. The event is free and open to the public.

A garment traditionally reserved for the upper classes, the uchikake was worn in layers, each carefully cut, sequenced and coordinated to the season. The uchikake is the most elaborate kimono in decoration and each is rich in symbolism. Once in high demand, ranging in price from $6,000 to $65,000, they no longer are, as many Japanese brides have become westernized.

The Anderson Center is at 163 Tower View Drive in Red Wing. For information, call (651) 388-2009.

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