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[Kimono in Japan]

Nowadays, there are fewer opportunities to wear kimonos, demand is low, and unfortunately, we have heard that there are colors that can no longer be produced and patterns that can no longer be made. Because of the damage and stains on the fabric, it is difficult to recycle and there is no place to store them, so every year countless kimonos filled with craftsmanship are losing their place.

Until around 1955, many people wore kimonos for everyday wear and washed them at home so that they could continue to wear them with care (kimono was untied, washed, glued, stretched on bamboo strips or stretched boards, dried, and sewn back into a kimono again). By doing so, the silk regained its luster, and depending on the pattern and weave, the front and back could be switched, or the reverse side could be reversed, so that the kimono could be worn carefully and for a long time. Also, when the pattern no longer matched the wearer's age, the pattern could be removed and re-dyed to the wearer's liking, or the lining visible from the sleeves or hem could be changed.

I myself collect such cherished kimonos, and I have been unraveling them to resize or remake them. When I was unraveling them, I found that yukata used for the practice of nichibu (traditional Japanese dance) had thread reinforcement on the sides to prevent tearing, names in katakana with simple embroidery, and kimonos worn by tomboyish children had reinforcement on the hem. And I can sense the abundant love that was put into these kimonos by the families, which makes us feel warm and fuzzy.

One customer who visited our Ginza showroom the other day told us that she sewed a duvet cover from a silk kimono she no longer wore, and it felt so good that her grandchildren who slept with it were overjoyed.

In the old days, old kimonos were remade into children's kimonos, and then into daily necessities such as cushions, kotatsu covers, geta (Japanese wooden clogs) coils, and dustcloths. The ashes from burning them at the end were used as a color stopper for dyes and as fertilizer.

These days, one can easily buy high-quality kimonos at antique markets and antique kimono exhibitions. Why not incorporate kimonos, which are full of not only craftsmanship but also wisdom and ingenuity for long-lasting use, into your daily wear and lifestyle?

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