Kimono artist Hitomi Ito vol.2

Life that abandoned "throw away"
How to face each other to enjoy aging

By Emotion

We are living in a convenient era where various things can be delivered the next day with just one click. The Internet has become more familiar than it was 10 years ago, and it has become easier to access vast amounts of information by entering keywords.

On the other hand, have you ever bought it but didn't use it, or did you experience something different from what you expected when it arrived?

Hitomi Ito, a kimono artist who wears kimono as everyday clothes, says that the way he faces things has changed as a result of his encounter with kimono.

In the second installment of the series, I will unravel how to deal with things that enjoy aging evolution from Mr. Ito's experience and kimono culture.

The root of suffering was "throwing things away"

Since I started wearing kimono, the concept of throwing things away has disappeared. I realized that it was a pain for me to throw away what I bought because I thought I liked it.

Says Mr. Ito.

Before I started wearing kimono, I looked at trendy magazines and bought what the talents and actresses I liked, but when I tried on it, I threw it away. I recall that I bought a lot because it was safe and could be used for the time being, but I didn't use it much and threw it away.

Under such circumstances, he met the kimono and decided to continue to convey the beauty and richness of the kimono, so that he could face his own heart and realized the root of his suffering.

What is "life without the concept of throwing away"?

When I was living in clothes, the colors and designs didn't suit my age, and my body shape changed. For that reason, you may throw away your clothes. Under such circumstances, what kind of life is "a life without the concept of throwing away"?

Kimono has a technique called re-dying, and at the end you can change it to a darker color until it turns black. Also, even if your body shape changes, you can return it to a piece of cloth and remake it in a different size. In addition, you can change your kimono into something completely different, such as an obi, a bag, a zori hanao, or an umbrella.

Mr. Ito dyes a kimono with a light pink flower pattern into charcoal black to make it look modern, and he uses the pale color of his mother's kimono as his favorite navy blue, and how to stack kimonos. By valuing the Japanese culture of spending time without buying maternity wear during pregnancy and connecting to the next generation by remake, it is said that "a life without the concept of throwing away" is being done. That is.

However, there should be encounters with fascinating things. What criteria do you buy and how do you give up?

When encountering things, value "a feeling that you can grow"

Mr. Ito talks about "encounters and intuition" when purchasing things.

Above all, it is important to be excited about itself. On top of that, when I want to grow up, I choose something that is a little taller than I am now, even if I force myself a little.

Not only kimono but also vessels and furniture are the same, and if you stretch a little and put good things around you, you will treat them carefully, and by doing so, a good cycle will be created.

Furthermore, Mr. Ito says.

"The more beautiful it is used"

The better it is, the more I try to use it rather than store it.

Impressed by the words of Mingei Yanagi, the founder of the Mingei movement, that "things made by nameless craftsmen for practical use and used in the daily lives of ordinary people are beautiful", as the thing itself. There is also the beauty of, but I don't think there is anything more beautiful than the one used with the person's life. It's just the beauty of use.

I think that things will become more beautiful if you give them love, so I try to use them carefully anyway. I don't save the kimono because it was expensive and good, but I really try to wear it more and more.

Recently, he says, "I want to cultivate a spirit of valuing things because they are broken," he says, in an environment where safety can be taken into consideration, he is trying to give his little son as much pottery plates and mugs as possible.

And another important thing. The "good thing" here is not the price.

What I pick up because I think I like it, in the case of my son, he said that he chose the "Harapeko Aomushi Mug", and if he broke it, he would feel really sad. increase. However, Mr. Ito says that he wants to foster the desire to cherish things by letting them handle it.

When you let go, with the heart of "Thank you very much"

When I let go of the kimono, I am really grateful and remember the past with the kimono. Also, if there is a person who comes to mind, he may give it to that person. It's not the amount, but the condensed one's favorite, so it seems that it can be handled carefully even at the time of parting.

Lastly, I would like to introduce Mr. Ito's "things I don't want to let go of".

The one and only obi inherited from my grandmother

It seems that it has been passed down for three generations with grandmothers, mothers and their sisters, and Mr. Ito. Originally it was a haori, but with a haori, there is only a chance to wear it in winter, so the obi It seems that it was remade into.

The obi pattern is a "pincushion" that was an important tool on a daily basis because women used to make things for their families by hand. The long thread that goes on forever is filled with the wishes of immortality and prosperity of descendants.

Every time I see the pincushion pattern, I feel that I am determined to protect my family as a wife and mother, and it is like a talisman that I try to tighten when it matters.

"Arimatsu Shibori x Yuki Tsumugi Stall" created with my loved ones

The stole was created in collaboration with Mr. Ito, "suzusan" by Arimatsu Shibori, and "Okujun" by Yuki Tsumugi. ..

As Yuki Tsumugi has the word Yuki Sandai, it is said that the original texture can be enjoyed only when the three generations of parents and children wear it, and it is said that 100 years have passed since it is the most beautiful. It seems to be lighter and warmer as it gets softer and softer over time.

Since the craftsmen spin the cotton produced by the silk moth with saliva, it cannot be made in the same condition unless it is healthy, so I resonated with Mr. Ito's feeling that it is important to prepare both physically and mentally.

It is said that it has become modern with the addition of a hand-squeezed pattern by suzusan. Although it was born from the idea that it is light and does not break the crest, it is said that it was popular not only with kimono but also with men who want to match it with clothes because of its quality and modern design.

A collaborative work created by loved friends. We also wanted to introduce this kind of thing to everyone. I'm looking forward to future collaborations.

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