Yoko’s Kimono Story (Part Two)

STORIES 着物物語

The second kimono was given to me by my mother. Originally this kimono had a white ground, but I could not wear it, because there were some stains on it, that really stood out. So my mother sent it to the dyers and had a pattern of very small dots dyed onto the ground. The result was even nicer than the original kimono. When I was in my 30s, my mother started to tidy up her kimono and she re-sewed some to my size. The number of my kimono increased then, and I started to know about remaking and re-using kimono and I got interested in that.

「2枚目は母から譲られた着物です。これはもとは白地だったのですがシミが目立つところにあり着られなかったものを、細かい染めを全体に散らすことでシミを目立たなくする工夫で生き返り、むしろ最初の着物よりも素敵になりました。私が30代になったころから、母が自分の着物を整理し始め、娘である私のサイズに仕立て直しをしてくれました。この頃から私の着物の数が増えました。この着物の染め直しをきっかけに、サイズ直しや仕立て直し、シミや汚れのケアやリメイク、リサイクル等々見ていくうちに、ほどいたら反物の形にもどることや最後は布として使いきることができるなど、着物の仕組みを知り、おもしろさに目覚めました。」

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