Updated: Nov 20, 2020
“When you consider the amount of time that one of Japan’s most famous kimono makers spends on each garment, even the most celebrated Western couture houses start to look like fast fashion."
We loved re-reading this New York Times article on kimono artisan crafters, focusing on Chiso - one of the oldest yūzen colouring companies in Nishijin district of Kyoto, founded in 1555!
“Chiso, founded in Kyoto in 1555, creates standard kimonos in three to four months, but it is not unusual for special orders to take 18 months or more. The company even spent 10 years helping to develop a dyeing technique for one special indigo kimono [...]”
Many of the kimono we have in store show this level of craft detail, with beautiful hand-painting and embroidery onto silk.
The full article can be found here.