June 25, 2022 - September 11, 2022
Target Gallery
General Admission $20; Mia member $16; Investor+ Free; Youth 17 and under Free

*Buy tickets to “Dressed by Nature” and “Van Gogh” to save 25% on each. Visit both exhibitions at a discounted price.

The Japanese archipelago is home to extremely diverse cultures that made clothing and other textile objects in a kaleidoscope of materials and designs. This exhibition will focus on the resourcefulness of humans to create textiles from local materials like fish skin, paper, elm bark, nettle, banana leaf fiber, hemp, wisteria, deerskin, cotton, silk, and wool. It will showcase rare and exceptional examples of robes, coats, jackets, vests, banners, rugs, and mats, made between around 1750 and 1930, including the royal dress of subtropical Okinawa, ceremonial robes of the Ainu from northern Japan and the Russian Far East, and folk traditions from throughout Japan.


Free Public Tours

Purchase an exhibition ticket to attend a free public tour. In-person tours offered July 7 through September 1, Thursdays through Sundays at 2 pm and Thursday evenings at 7 pm. No tours on Member Days.

Unable to come to Mia? Free virtual public tours offered on July 13 and 24, August 10 and 28 at 2 pm. Reserve your place here. An exhibition ticket is not required.

Private Tours

To request a private tour, fill out the Guided Tour Request Form.

Stop and Chat

July 7 – September 1
Have questions about the exhibition? Guides will be on hand to talk with you before or after your visit. Second floor, under the marble staircase. Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 3 pm, and Thursday nights, 6 to 8 pm.

Japan, late 19th-early 20th century, Festival kimono decorated with carp ascending a waterfall made in Akita Prefecture (detail), cloth: cotton; shibori (shape resist), The John R. Van Derlip Fund and the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; purchase from the Thomas Murray Collection, 2019.20.84