What is Wabi-sabi?

What is Wabi-sabi?

How was the collection born?

At Artsi, we’re always pushing fashion forward by looking back. What makes a trend? What makes a classic? We check out a lot of art that we think is extremely cool then ask ourselves: how can we deliver it through clothing? With that said, our inspirations for our first collection was the fantastic minimalism and simplicity of the 18th century Japanese prints. That is how Wabi-sabi was born.

What is Wabi-sabi?

Wabi-sabi is deeply rooted in the Japanese culture and we found its principles to be relevant to the collection. Wabi-sabi () is a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It is about accepting the imperfect, incomplete beauty. 

Tapping into the best principles of Wabi-sabi, we designed this collection with the ideas of asymmetry, simplicity, austerity, modesty and appreciation of the natural objects, such as water, flowers and birds. 

Big words aside, Wabi-sabi is an extremely practical set of principles that we wanted to celebrate. Richard Powell, author of Wabi Sabi Simple said: "Accepting the world as imperfect, unfinished, and transient, and then going deeper and celebrating that reality, is something not unlike freedom."

Below are our seven feature designs and their stories. 

Shizen (自然) UNFORCED CREATIVE
Artwork: Bamboo Leaf by Watanabe Seitei, 1913
Yugen (幽玄) MORE THROUGH LESS
Artwork: Wave pattern by Watanabe Seitei, 1913
Datsuzoku (脱俗) FREEDOM FROM HABIT

Artwork: Crane by Watanabe Seitei, 1913

Fukinsei (不均整) ASYMMETRIC BALANCE
Artwork: Wave by Katsushika Hokusai, 1831
Seijaku(静寂) ACTIVE CALM
Artwork: Wave pattern by Watanabe Seitei, 1913

 

Kanso (簡素) ELIMINATE CHAOS

Artwork: Sakura by Watanabe Seitei, 1913

Shibui (渋味) ARTICULATE BREVITY

Artwork: Round Wave by Watanabe Seitei, 1913

We wanted to feature the transient, fleeting beauty the imperfect, yet stay true to our modern unisex look and be completely original. Consequently, our 2020 Wabi-sabi features a variety of patterns, waves, flowers and birds. 


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