As I mentioned the last time, crane means a kind of eternal life in ancient cultures of East Asia. As a kind of oriental mystical fairy bird which has thousands of years life, ancient people usually believe that the fairy will ride them fly to heaven. Even as demon character in the fairy tales, the crane played the most respectful and innocent roles. It definitely shows crane's position in oriental aesthetics. Therefore, the crane related textiles are only supplied to royal families in ancient Asia is very reasonable to understand then.
The second post of "Snow Crane" series' inspirations comes from Heian period(794-1185), which had the most poetic and peaceful social atmosphere in the entire Japanese history.
It is also the period when Buddhism, Taoism and Tang dynasty cultures influences were at their highest. The Heian period is also considered the peak of the Japanese imperial court and noted for its art, especially poetry and literature. One of the very first long romantic literature " Genji Monogatari" was created in this era as well. Dressing many layers of kimonos is the Women's style of this era. Unfortunately I don't have many kimonos to put on, also I don't have that such a smooth long hair to float. Maybe it is a kind of new modern way to show? Anyway, I am just happy to try more interesting styles based on different cultures on the planet!
Shirt by Issey Miyake
Skirt by Chanel Vintage
Two vintage kimono layers
Illustration by Nancy.Z
Photography by Dean.B
Heian Period's Costume Style
Japanese classic novel"Genji Monogatari"
Heian painting style
"Genji Monogatari" by Yoshitaka Amano
Silk fukusa (gift cover) embroidered with a flight of cranes, Japan, 1800-50, Edo period.
collected by V&A museum.