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Kimono fashion show in UAE to raise funds for victims of Japan earthquake

posted on 29/03/2011: 1195 views

The UAE-Japan Cultural Centre in Dubai will be holding a kimono fashion show on Thursday to raise funds for the victims of the Japan earthquake.

Volunteers from the centre and members of the Japanese community will be modelling their own personal kimonos to help those affected by the disaster in their homeland.

The centre had planned to hold the show as part of its ongoing cultural exchange efforts, however, the event was brought forward after the earthquake struck. To date, 10,800 people have died in the disaster and tsunami that followed and a further 16,240 are missing.


The show will include a display of many different types of kimonos — for women, men, children and babies. It will also show people how to conduct themselves in a kimono — for example standing up and sitting down — because it requires elegance, centre founder and director Naoko Kishida told Gulf News.

There will also be a demonstration of how to receive tea the Japanese way and how to wear a kimono. The dress does not just comprise one layer, but two, with a number of hidden ties.

"Before World War II everybody wore a kimono daily. But then afterwards people were more casual, like jeans and T-shirts. It is now worn as formal dress for occasions, for example weddings, engagements, graduations," Kishida said.

All the kimonos that will be in the show are handmade, with hand-printed and hand-embroidered decoration.

The event is being sponsored by the Dubai Women's Association and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment. All donations will be sent to charities and NGOs through the latter.

It will be held on Thursday from 6 to 7pm, at the Dubai Women's Association Hall, Hamriya.

Men and women are welcome to attend the event, despite the venue being a women's association. Male kimonos will also be modelled.

Tickets cost Dh100 at the door and there is no limit to ticket purchases; 100 per cent of ticket sales will be donated to those affected by the disaster. – Gulf News


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