Growing up in Northern Kyoto, kimono and obi fabric was a part of my everyday life. I remember the sound of looms running all day from many of my neighbour's houses. The region has been weaving using traditional methods for hundreds of years. The tradition lives on, the looms still run in a few of the houses around town, but not nearly as many as before. Although I have lived away from Japan for many years now, by introducing the beauty of this art to others I too try to help the tradition live on.
I love finding lost and forgotten treasures, the vintage kimonos and obis we find and reuse are stunning. The colours are still vivid decades after they were first made. The design process, making the decisions that help find new ways for people to enjoy the fabrics is super satisfying to me. Its wonderful seeing people's reactions when they see a piece they really love.
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