Costume of Kabuki
by Bryan Nealy, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

"Costume of Kabuki" is an award-winning piece designed and created by Japanese bead weaver Takako Sako. The kimono is a life-size reproduction of the stage costume of Shizuka Gozen in Japanese traditional Kabuki Theatre, program of Funa Benkei.

Sako spent two years designing and crafting the kimono, which is comprised of 2.1 million Miyuki Delicas in 226 different colors, and weighs more than 30 pounds. For her exceptional work, Sako was presented the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award at the 2013 BeadandButton Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The kimono was donated to the Kabuki Theatre at the conclusion of the BeadandButton show.

Costume of Kabuki

Costume of Kabuki


Takako Sako has dedicated her life to creating beautiful beadwork. Sako has authored 12 books on the subject, and has been designing bead-weaving art for NHK Culture School for the past 30 years. Sako's work has been exhibited in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

Sako's beadwork is inspired by Japanese culture, flower arranging and the art of the tea ceremony. "I love beads so much!" Sako says. "I wanted to share all the happiness and excitement of creating bead weaving with many people around the world!"


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