I want to do that, I want to do this. I want to enjoy life even more! Based on such greedy thoughts, we will deliver the daily life of editor-in-chief Ishii, who enjoys life full of distractions. This time we will be talking about the exhibition "Hermes in the Making" that was held in Kyoto in the past. Although the event is only 6 days long and has already ended, the content was so great that I would like to share my review with you.
The other day, I visited the "Hermes in the Making" exhibition held at the Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto. It was an exhibition in which craftsmen representing each section (métier) of the Hermès manufacturing department came to Japan and demonstrated the processes and techniques used to actually make products, and I thought this was actually quite an amazing thing. Normally, most of the Maison's techniques are private and secret. The fact that they opened it to the public, even though it was a lottery, shows the confidence of Hermès.
Let's start with Nikita's favorite scarf, "Kare". I was able to see the silk screen printing technique right in front of my eyes. ``Kare'' is characterized by its complex color combinations, and each color uses one frame, and even a regular scarf has about 30 different editions. Of course, even a single mistake is not allowed, so a great deal of concentration must be required...or, actually, when you watch the craftsmen's smooth, flowing movements, you find yourself I started to feel like I could do that too (lol).
Next is the "Kelly" assembly corner. Approximately 40 parts will be connected using saddle stitch. You wouldn't expect it from the pretty finished product, but it turned out to be more labor intensive than I expected. That's true, since the bag is a practical item, so it must be sturdy enough to withstand years of use. The process of carefully and firmly tightening was impressive.
This is an exhibition of bags that were made in the 1990s by reviving a certain legendary leather. The legendary leather is a Russian leather called ``Volinka'' that was recovered after being submerged in the sea for 200 years, and was still of a usable quality. Hermès has brought back the incredibly durable leather, and it has appeared before our eyes.
I also saw repair techniques and the manufacturing process for horse saddles, but what really struck me was the depth of the craftsmen's handiwork and the true sustainability philosophy. Products made with the best quality leather and the best handwork can be used for a long time, but if they are repaired, they can be passed down to generations of parents and children. At a time when sustainability ideas in the world are a little vague and vague, I was impressed that there is no idea that is as straightforward and easy to understand as this one.
There were various attractions at this exhibition. One of them is a photo spot where a horse's saddle is suspended. Ishii also got into the mood and snapped. The fact that I'm riding the car backwards is just a story here...hohoho.