When I thought about the way manufacturing is connected to Japanese culture, I thought about the connection with India, where Buddhism began. When I thought about clothes made from khadi, a traditional Indian fabric, and found a striped pattern among the many khadi patterns, I was reminded of Japan's unique aesthetic sense of iki (iki).
I once read ``The Structure of Iki'' (written by Shuzo Kuki/Iwanami Bunko), and it was said at the beginning that the aesthetic sense of ``Iki'' is difficult to accurately translate to other cultural areas. It can be said to be an aesthetic sense that deeply reflects the culture, spirit, and history of Japan. For example, this is equivalent to the fact that people born and living in Japan cannot accurately understand the meaning of the French word esprit. This book dismantles and examines the structure of the word ``iki.''
In this book, the phenomenon of ``iki'' that Edo culture fostered is defined as ``respectful (resignation), firm (eagerness), and sexy (coquetry).'' ``Iki'' refers to the dualistic attitude that occurs between the unidimensional self and the other person, and it is accompanied by a sense of coquetry (sex appeal) towards the other person. And not only that, but it also requires two elements: the willpower of the ``genuine'' Edo people, and the experience of gaining sophistication and sophistication by learning to give up on things that don't go your way. These three things combine to create "iki".
And when this aesthetic sense of ``iki'' is brought into artistic expression, what is ``iki''? ``Now, as a geometric figure, there is no better representation of duality than parallel lines. Parallel lines, forever in motion but never intersecting, are the purest visual objectification of duality. It is no coincidence that stripes are seen as ``iki'' as a pattern.'' Just as it is said, ``iki'' can be seen in striped patterns. Furthermore, it can be said that ``vertical stripes are more ``live'' than horizontal stripes. ” is stated in this book. Recalling this roundabout yet light expression of ``iki'', the designer sensed the Japanese aesthetic ``iki'' in Indian fabrics and adopted this khadi for his collection.
So why can we say that vertical stripes are more ``iki'' than horizontal stripes?