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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (5 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 477003024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030245
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,108,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shizuka Kusano's work has been featured many times in women's magazine and she can be seen on two nationwide TV programs, one of which is broadcast on the educational channel NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). She teaches at more than five different places, including the Tokyo American Club. She had been part of at least 30 major exhibitions in the last 5 years, and has had one solo show. Kusano is the author of five books in Japanese; this is her first in English.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica on 10 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful, both in terms of its production and in terms of its contents. The design is good, the kimonos and obis are displayed well, and the colour reproduction is of high quality. I also learnt a great deal from the descriptions of the significance and/or symbolism of the embroideries on the kimono, even though the book is not text "heavy".

What I was not expecting was that this book features the kimono embroidery of only one woman, but in the end I did not mind because her work is so breathtakingly exquisite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EM on 16 May 2013
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This just the most beautiful book. Not much information on embroidery technique but the images and explanations about the meaning of the embroidery are fantastic
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By Roger on 29 Nov 2013
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stunning photos it could be an inspiration for anyone wishing to improve or just a very good book to read about the things that are possible given time and patience
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Not what I was looking for 4 Oct 2008
By J. Mosley - Published on Amazon.com
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I was ambivalent about how many stars to give this book. If what you're looking for is a book full of beautiful pictures of beautiful kimonos and obi with breathtaking finished embroidery done by a master embroiderer, then I imagine this book is a five star book. But that's not what I was looking for.

I was looking for a book that offered Japanese embroidery designs and motifs that I could use in my own hand embroidery. What I typed into Amazon's search engine was "Japanese embroidery designs" and this book came up. The "Search Inside" feature for the book offers pictures that could and did lead me to think that I would find patterns for what I was looking at, and the book's title doesn't dissuade one from thinking that.

This is a coffee table book, showcasing, with excellent photography, the extraordinary talents of Shizuka Kusano. I wrote this review so that others who might be looking for designs, motifs, or patterns might not also be disappointed by buying a book that is not what they expected it to be.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A recommendation for not only art and needlework libraries, but for general-interest collections as well. 7 Mar 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Any with more than a light interest in Japanese embroidery will readily recognize the author's name, for Shizuka Kusano is one of Japan's premiere textile artists, and her 'canvases' are the kimono, obi, and tapestries. Dozens of her works are featured in a color guide that also covers the techniques used on each of her pieces. Kusano's essay on how she began in and developed her talents includes a history of embroidery in Japan. The pairing of history, art, and how-to will make FINE ART OF KIMONO EMBROIDERY a recommendation for not only art and needlework libraries, but for general-interest collections as well.

Diane C. Donovan

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
beautiful embroidery 10 Dec 2007
By ycdesign - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is not a book to teach you embroidery, but the beautiful photos will give you inspiration....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Embroidery fan or Kimono lover 12 Mar 2014
By raffi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anyone interested in embroidery or kimono will adore this book. The photographs. Can't describe the beauty of them. The centerpiece is a two page spread of sakura. Just because. If you know Japanese culture, you'll understand. If not, you'll still be astonished by the cherry blossom.

The author describes her inspiration, the stories behind her designs, how she studied. Each page of this book makes me swoon.
The complexity of her embroidery, her color choices and design decisions. Museum quality fine art.

I buy few books because I read so many, but once I got this one from the library, I decided I had have my own copy. It's very reasonably priced for an art book. This is a volume you will treasure and pass on to your grandchildren. I have a Japanese grandchild. I can't wait for her to be old enough to look at the pictures with me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 8 Feb 2011
By K. Porter - Published on Amazon.com
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First off: this is NOT a how-to book.

This book is a photo collection of works done by a master of Japanese Embroidery. The photos provide high quality, stunningly clear examples of her works. I find the examples to be a great reference and that they should serve as inspiration.

This is in short a pretty 'art book' full of AMAZING Embroidery. Def something to have for your coffee table or bookself if you enjoy traditional Japanese culture or just art.
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