9/26/2013

The article of the Kyo-Yuzen, Yuzen dyeing technique in Kyoto, appeared in the New York Times


The article about the Kyo-Yuzen, Yuzen dyeing technique in Kyoto, “Hand-Crafted Kimonos: Japan's Wearable Masterpieces”appeared in the New York Times about one month ago on August 20th.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/fashion/hand-crafted-kimonos-japans-wearable-masterpieces.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

The reporter interviewed several hand-drawing craftsmen of Kyo-Yuzen. Impressed by the production process, the reporter wrote the article about it with a lot of photos.
How many craftsmen were involved and how many natural resources were utilized in this production process were described in this article.

I have heard that water of Kamogawa River used in this production process gradually becomes dirty and does not become suitable for the wash-off process of Yuzen dye.
In addition, craftsmen dramatically decrease. Most of the craftsmen become aging, but their successors cannot be found.
I often hear the severe problem that the kimono production through careful elaborate craftsmanship, which is written in this article, is about to disappear.

It is difficult for them to continue producing great kimono and connect this craftsmanship to the next generation. But for connecting this craftsmanship, I sincerely want many people to know the splendid traditional technique to produce kimono fabrics.

In the kimono factory interviewed in this article, craftsmen not only receive traditional techniques from the old generation, but also introduce new techniques: the database of kimono design since several hundred years ago, the computer-oriented kimono design maker, and so on. I am happy to read these new challenges by craftsmen.

I am impressed by the following words about this kimono factory.
“It is a company, but it isn’t just a business. It creates a culture of Japanese beauty.”

Three years ago in my blog entry, I introduced the article which was published in the British newspaper: “Kimono making in Japan is a dying art”.
http://blog1.kimonohiro.com/2010/11/autumn-in-new-york.html

However, I don’t like just to be concerned about bitter future of kimono. It’s important that the New York Times, which can send strong messages to people all over the world, published the amazing kimono production in Kyoto. Many people around the world must have recognized the beauty of kimono through this article. I hope more people read this article and know the beauty of kimono.

Via this article, I convince that superb things are spread to the world even if they are produced at one tiny area in the world.

9/12/2013

The findings from the book “Kimono Story” by Kitsukeshi, Shohei Nezu Part 2

This blog entry carries on from the last one. The following sentence is written in the book “Kimono Story: Kimono Gatari” by Kitsukeshi, Shohei Nezu, which I totally agree about our work.
“If an actor leaves from a dressing room immediately without watching a mirror after the dressing for him is done, that kimono dresser is qualified as professional.”

In my case, because I mostly meet with our customer, who asks us kimono dressing, for the first time, it’s difficult to build a trusting relationship with the customer to make her/him leave from the dressing room without watching a mirror. I usually ask the customer to check her/his styling by a mirror after completion of kimono dressing.

I realize that I was able to make a good job when the customer did not review her/his style in front of a mirror and did not touch her/his kimono to fix kimono dressing.
Even if I felt that I was able to provide good kimono dressing the customer, it was not a good job when the customer was not satisfied with the kimono dressing.

I extracted only a piece from the book which I refer to for the work of a kimono stylist, but there are many interesting episodes in this book. I strongly recommend a person who wants to become a kimono dresser or who wears kimono many times to read this book.

The following words from Mr. Nezu are found in the end of this book: “There is only one person that you are in the world. There are no other people who have the same face and body shape as yours. It’s neither beautiful nor attractive to wear a kimono like a uniform. I want you to optimize individuality for wearing a kimono.”

I completely agree with his words. I would like to dress a customer in kimono for optimizing individually and completing her/his unique story.

The photo shows one page of the book “Kimono Story: Kimono Gatari”. I am deeply impressed by the photo in which Mr. Nezu dressed the actress in her kimono.