Kimono Art is designed from vintage Japanese kimono, haori and obi…one of a kind…one at a time.The designs and patterns on the fabrics are woven, such as meisen, kasuri, and urishi, or hand painted, hand blocked or screen printed, stenciled, or shibori (hand tied). These patterns and colors are not produced in modern kimono fabrics, thus rendering them unique, coveted and appreciated.
Embellishments may include had dyed and tied silk himo ties that were the original tie closure for the haori jackets, an assortment of new and old ribbons, obi-jime cords, trims, tassels, ancient coins and amulets and beads of stone, porcelain or glass.
Currently my line includes assorted decorative pillows, table or mantle runners, lampshades, wall art, aromatherapy eye pillows, blank greeting cards, purses and neck/head/waist scarves.
I disassemble all the cleaned garments by hand, then iron all the pieces flat before I begin my design process. Once my art is complete, the observer may notice subtle remains of the testimony of the fabrics past life. There may be a faint crease, a teeny line of needle holes from an original hand sewn seam, or a faint smudge or fading. I consider these beauty marks to validate it's historical spirit. They will not detract from the beauty of the piece, only add the patina sought after in unique antiques and one-of-a-kind handcrafted art.