Kimono Seasons
This series integrates the subtlety of Eastern lore with the vibrancy of western realism to create stunning and graceful "moments of heart and inner being" through the central symbolic theme of Kimono tapestries.

Tsuyu: Shizuka-Ni


Tsuyu: Shizuka - Ni
Kimono Seasons Collection

Tsuyu: Shizuka-Ni
The Japanese word for the rainy season is Tsuyu
Shizuka-Ni
means quietness.

 
 
 
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Raft Mon Symbol

These Symbols are Mons.
A Mon is a Japanese family crest.
This first Mon is one of a RAFT.
This motif is hand-painted repeatedly throughout the umbrella as a pattern.

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Water Lily Mon Symbol

These Symbols are Mons.
A Mon is a Japanese family crest.
This second Mon is one of a WATER LILY.
This motif is hand-painted repeatedly on top of the kimono as an accent design.

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Fish Scales Mon Symbol

These Symbols are Mons.
A Mon is a Japanese family crest.
This last Mon is one of FISH SCALES.
This motif is hand-painted repeatedly throughout the Kimono as a pattern.

 
 
 

The rainy season is the perfect time to release her secret. Walking in the rain,
she allows the drops to fall onto her garment. At this moment, the kimono comes
to life with koi playfully swimming all throughout the fabric.
To not disturb or frighten these fish, she quietly watches.

Medium: watercolor, gouache, and color pencil
Original size: 14" x 28"
Created 1996 and published copyrighted 1997
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo


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