Art Exhibition

Melodies of Shining Silk:
Japanese Embroidery by Shizuka Kusano

February 15 - March 21, 2020

Pre-Opening Event: Meet the Artist
Friday, February 14 @7pm

Light refreshments will be served.


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info.

Admission: Free

Exhibition Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Closed on Sundays and Presidents' Day (2/17)


Embroidery was initially introduced into Japan from China together with Buddhism.  It became open to the merchant class culture in the Edo period.  As the clothing arts flourished, advanced dyeing and weaving techniques were used to create kimonos and kimono sashes.  Today, a variety of materials are available, enabling various expressions depending on individual originality and ingenuity.
Shizuka Kusano, one of the most admired and recognized textile artists in Japan today, showcases contemporary art pieces based on 1500 year-old traditional embroideries inspired by Japanese poetry, literature and art.

About Artist

Shizuka Kusano is one of Japan’s most well-known kimono embroidery artists. Having studied French embroidery under TakikoMoriyama and Japanese embroidery under Masaaki Niwa, she now teaches her art at her studio and several other venues.
She regularly appears on television and in magazines and holds many exhibitions in different cities in Japan. Her first English publication is “The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery”.





The exhibition is supported by 

Related Events:

Master Class: Hand Embroidery with Shizuka Kusano
Craft Contemporary
(5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16
12-2pm (both dates)
Fee: $65/ $60 Museum members (includes embroidery kit)


Let’s make a compact mirror cover using basic Japanese traditional embroidery technique, or otherwise known as “kimono embroidery”.  No former experience in embroidery is necessary and we will provide the embroidery set! To make the cover, stitch the outline of the cat and add a crown on top of its head.




Shizuka Kusano Trunk Show
Craft Contemporary
(5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16
11am-6pm (both dates)
Details (Click Here)

Craft Contemporary Shop hosts a special trunk show by Shizuka Kusano. It is a rare opportunity to shop handmade items from one of Japan’s most well-known embroidery artists.




The workshop and the trunk show are hosted by