Mantles of Transience


  • Original title: Utsuroi no Toki wo Matou
  • Director: Nagaru Miyake
  • Length: 96 min
  • Country: Jaapan
  • Year: 2022


An exhibition entitled "The Japanese Eye" by a fashion brand called Matohu was held in 2020. It features their collections from the past eight years. Matohu has presented 17 collections in total for each season from 2010 to 2018 under the title of The Japanese Eye with themes such as Kasane/Layering, Fukiyose/Medley and Nagori/Remnants–Japanese senses of beauty which existed from old age.

Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi are the designers behind Matohu. Horihata worked at COMME des GARÇONS, and Sekiguchi at Yohji Yamamoto as pattern makers before launching the brand Matohu in 2005. They first created a unique item called "Nagagi” (literally, “long garment.”) While being inspired by the comfort and freedom of wearing a kimono, Nagagi has a modern design that fits to today's lifestyle.

The camera follows the production of Nagori collection in 2018: the final theme of The Japanese Eye. They create textiles in collaboration with traditional weaving factories and craftspeople with traditional techniques that remain in various parts of Japan. The duo discusses and create the designs in their atelier, sometimes debating without compromise to achieve the highest level of creation to present on the runway.

Now Matohu begins a new series called Journey from Palms of Hands. Turning their eyes to true sustainability, from the conventional way of fashion that generates a large amount of waste...  A new journey of Matohu and their craftsmanship begins.

Fashion designer Tanel Veenre will make an introduction to the film screenings.