Kimono Exchangeable/ Open Air

  • Material: Raw cotton
  • Technique: Screen printing
  • Year: 2011

The story

In the past, kimono used to be unstitched before washing and then hand-sewn back together. As the garment is made from a considerable length of fabric, it is easy to alter it to fit another person.
The kimono with a printed image of bowls and fruit was used in the art performance The Luncheon on the Grass, where its initial role was that of the tablecloth/picnic blancket for Irina eating fruit from real plates. She donned it after meal. The impulse to create this kimono was an image of a nude woman on whom food was served as it would on a table.

Joanna Bodzek


This is another answer to the qestion about bringing cutlery to a Japanese table. The kimono becomes a table through the pattern placed on it and through the fact that it is spread in a way that is natural for it (on the grass), never ceasing to be a garment ready for wearing.

Aleksandra Görlich