I’ve already written about what Kimono Remake is, but now I want to take a closer look at the roots of Kimono Remake. Of course the act of remaking kimono into new clothing items like skirts or jackets is a fairly modern development, but have you ever wondered why kimono seem so well-suited for remaking? To answer that question we first have to look at the construction of kimono.
Kimono are generally sewn from single bolts of fabric measuring about 36 cm wide and 12 meters long. This cloth is then cut into eight straight pieces which are then arranged and sewn together. Because of this construction process taking apart kimono merely results in it returning to it’s original form of straight pieces of cloth, perfect to be remade into any other design. But while making totally new items out of kimono is something new, taking apart and putting kimono back together is something that has been done since the Edo Period.
Because of the way kimono are constructed it just seems natural for them to be remade, but it isn’t just the form of kimono that has caused this trend. Japan has always had
a culture of “waste not, want not”, best embodied by the Japanese word “Mottainai”. In the next article we will explore the emotional and cultural reasoning behind Kimono Remake and “Mottainai”.
In the mean time, feel free to come in and see the beauty of Kimono Remake for yourself.