The Kunstgewerbemuseum at Schloss Pillnitz rediscovered vast archive of Japanese kimono katagami in their storage. 92 cases containing more than 15,000 katagami for textile printing, had been undisturbed and kept neatly for 125 years. During this long period, it has never been displayed and remained unknown beyond the confines of the museum’s collection.
This is the largest collection of katagami in the world. Apart from Dresden, 1,500 katagami is stored in Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, 4,000 katagami in V&A Museum in London, 10,000 katagami in Kunstkammer in Vienna.
For the first time ever, a selection of 140 of refined work of katagami has been exhibited together with historic kimono in the Elbe Wing in Dresden Museum (Staatliche Kunstammlugen Dresden) in Germany.
The exhibition “Logical Rain” will be run until February 22, 2015. If you happen to be in Germany, this could be an interesting exhibition to visit.