Yuki Kokubo makes modern style clothing using vintage Japanese Kimonos. Finding the right kimonos can be a challenge as silk can ‘shatter’ over time without proper care and dyes can become oxidised. Seam by seam, the kimono is carefully deconstructed by hand. If the lining is salvageable, it’s also taken apart and set aside. It is a lengthy process, but one that reveals the craftsmanship that goes into each hand-sewn kimono. Yuki Kokubo strives to create apparel that people who appreciate kimonos can wear. These garments are purposefully made modern style garments with pragmatic names, steering the attention away from misunderstood images of Kimono, to the traditional craft and history instead.
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