Yoko’s Kimono Story (Part Four)

STORIES 着物物語

This fourth kimono I bought at the local dyeing workshop that has been dyeing kimono for generations. They dye yuzen, sarasa, and other stencil dyeing there. After I quit my job, I started to produce a local paper, and I walked around my neighborhood interviewing people. I got to meet and talk to many people around here who are connected with dyeing or with the kimono trade. Thanks to them, my knowledge and interest in the kimono and in dyeing techniques has really increased. Now I am taking part in an event to promote this neighborhood. Thanks to my encounter with this dyeing workshop, I got the chance to know about kimono in more depth, and also found the opportunity to help promote them.

「4枚目の着物は近所の代々伝わる染めやさんで購入したものです。この着物には染めの技法である、友禅や更紗や型染めが使われています。仕事を辞めたあと、大好きな地元を紹介するフリーペーパーを作り始めました。取材で地域をまわるうちにこの地域で昔から続く染めや着物関連の方々や業者さんと知り合うことができ、知識も興味も広がりました。いろいろな出会いが重なり、いまでは染めの町である地元をPRする立場にもなりました。もともと好きだった着物の知識を深めてくれ、染めや着物を広めるお手伝いをできるきっかけになったのが、この着物を購入した染めやさんとの出会いで、これも特別な1枚です。」

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