Seasonal edge

Connecting Japanese aesthetics to the present day
Kimono dress spun for recycling

Weaving traditional crafts that Kyo is proud of to the present day

A kimono couture dress with a seasonal edge that reborn the kimono, which can be said to be the origin of Japanese aesthetics, to fit the present age. It is a beautiful kimono that is created by skilled craftsmen through many processes, but unfortunately there are many people who sleep carefully in chests of drawers.

The dress for the season is produced by Yoshie Kitagawa, a genuine Kyoto woman who was born and raised in the center of Kyoto. She is a place, and she has been accustomed to kimono since she was a child.

As many of you may know, in Kyoto, Shinto ritual events are pervasive throughout the city. There are kimonos that have been passed down from generation to generation, and there are also traditional customs of wearing them. Mr. Kitagawa has a good understanding of kimono and has a respect for kimono culture. That's why she produces kimono couture with the desire to get more people to pick up the traditional techniques that appear in kimono.

The current situation of traditional crafts is severe even in Kyoto, 10 years later 30% < It is said that the traditional crafts of t38> will disappear. Mr. Kitagawa was looking for something she could do in the declining industry of Kyoto.

The start of the season was triggered by Mr. Kitagawa's old friend being consulted by her dyeing craftsman. She said, "Actually, I'm the only young person. I'd like to keep the traditional crafts, but can you think about how to do it together?" It was a heartbreaking cry.

Considering the preservation of traditional crafts, it was necessary to create a place where the power of craftsmen could be continuously demonstrated. He sought for a year, "What is a product that can express craftsmanship while being reasonably incorporated into the modern lifestyle?", And finally came up with the idea of ​​a kimono dress.

At first, I was thinking about the design of white fabric and considering how to apply Yuzen dyeing and embroidery, but unexpectedly, I faced difficulties.

In the first place, when making a kimono, there is a kimono production producer called Somedonya. A kimono dealer and a dyeing wholesaler stand between the customer and the craftsman, listen to the customer's tastes and needs, and assign the work to each craftsman who specializes in it.

It required a great deal of production and management skills, and even if I suddenly tried to proceed independently of the craftsmen, it was not easy to do. As a result of various trials and errors, we decided to take the method of making a dress pattern and one pattern dyed pattern, and letting the customer decide the arrangement of the pattern.

This haute couture service for kimono dresses from scratch is still handled at the seasonal edge. However, as you can see from the process, it was not a product that could be offered at a low price.

With this, the original concept of "incorporating reasonably every day" cannot be achieved at all.From there, Mr. Kitagawa repeated trial and error, joining pieces of cloth that came up with the method of making a dress from existing cloth and kimono, and making it into a dress shape. It means remaking a piece of cloth, which is only about 35 cm wide, into the shape of a dress.

Mr. Kitagawa and his colleagues focused on kimonos that were no longer worn and cloths that were never tailored, especially those with good quality that had abundant techniques. t39>.

The reason why the original kimono of Kimono Couture, which has a seasonal edge, tends to have many black tomesodes is that it has a large pattern and is easy to remake into a dress. There are many colors, but the number is small. We are looking for and stocking tomesodes that are dyed or embroidered with beautiful patterns that convey Japanese culture.

Only one dress born from a piece of cloth

Making a kimono dress starts with something that is in the shape of a kimono, and then unwinding it neatly. Kimono creates that three-dimensional shape from just one piece of cloth, and there are many points of contact that are sewn together.

Therefore, I asked an expert called "Unraveler" to untie it once, and then I matched the patterns of the front body and the back body exactly, and joined them while reconstructing the original pattern. It has returned to the state of a piece of cloth.

Actually, it is said that the reconstruction of this pattern is very difficult. After all, it is 35 cm wide and 12 meters long. However, no matter how difficult the work is, it is said that it should be returned to a piece of cloth and washed.

Due to the characteristics of the machine that washes the kimono, it is only possible to return it to this roll-shaped cloth. Place it on a roll-shaped machine and wash it while steaming. This is an ancient method of cleaning kimono and is called "Araibari".

The cloth that has been cleaned in this way is sent to the dress shop, and It is tailored to the dress according to the customer's request for the size and position of the handle.

Maybe some of you might have wondered, "Isn't it a Japanese dressmaker even though it's a kimono?" At first, he asked a Japanese dressmaker, but he couldn't arrange the position where the pattern came and make it into a dress.

It happened that a kimono lover came to a dressmaking factory and took over the final process of kimono couture.

You can choose from these three types, and you can choose the fabric from the stock that has a seasonal edge, or you can bring your own kimono and consult with us. After consulting about how to put out the pattern, you can complete your own original kimono dress.

"Respect for kimono" spun by dress

Upcycling antique kimonos and cloths (= a cycle that produces higher value in recycling) is the explanation of kimono dresses with seasonal edges on the surface. However, Mr. Kitagawa's feelings are deeper.

Mr. Kitagawa named the brand name "Kien". The "season" of the beautiful four seasons of Japan.And the word "marriage" that appears at the core of Buddhist teachings means that by valuing the meeting, the road will surely be opened.

The combination of these two was named "seasonal edge". Through kimonos that are studded with the four seasons of Japan, the idea is to convey the beautiful culture of Japan to people all over the world who meet at the edge.

Mr. Kitagawa says that Japanese traditional crafts often evolved from prayers and offerings to God. Even if you take a kimono, prayer was once included in each process such as weaving the fabric, dyeing the white fabric, embroidering, and dyeing Yuzen. The prayer is "to control natural disasters and plagues and protect ourselves."

I think something strangely comes to mind in this era. Mr. Kitagawa says that he wants you to feel the spirit that exists behind the kimono technology.

Mr. Kitagawa is not trying to challenge kimono. Rather, there is a great respect for kimono, and it is because you know the kimono that you can make a kimono dress.

He says he hopes that kimono dresses can contribute to the increasing attention of kimonos, rather than diminishing their interest in kimonos.

Why don't you make your own kimono couture that makes you feel more familiar with the kimono that Japan's proud spirit and culture have nurtured.