Kimono

What is Irosashi 色挿し- We Love Kimono Project 10

Jizome 地染, the process of dyeing the kimono fabric with the base color, is done.  Fuse-nori has been also washed away, but Itome 糸目, the fine thread-like dye resist still intact on the fabric.  At this stage, the craftsman moves on the the next step: Irosashi色挿し. Iro means colors.  Sashi means to apply.  In this …

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What is Shichi Go San

November 15 is a holiday called Shichi Go San in Japan.  Shichi means 7, Go means 5, and San means 3.  When a girl becomes 3 and 7, and a boy becomes 5 years old, we celebrate it by visiting a shrine or temple dressed up. I don’t know much of the history, like why …

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How Gold is Woven into Obi

In my previous blog post “Wearing Gold – Japanese Way”, I mentioned about my obi that is woven with 24K gold thread. It is not easy to imagine how that is possible with only still photos. Thanks to NHK’s on-demand video, I can share with you how it is done.  The video is available until …

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