Kuniko – Influences 影響

I was influenced by my grandmother, aunt and my mother. My grandmother had eight children, and she managed to work in the family restaurant, do housework and wear kimono. I vaguely remember her unpicking the family’s kimono and washing them by hand. My aunt had a kimono class at her house in Kawasaki. She always gave good advice to my mother and they enjoyed discussing together about getting my kimono ready for me. It was their shared pleasure. My mother loved kimono so much that even when she didn’t wear it, she would sometimes open the drawers just so that we could look at them together. She would tell me about where the family kimono came from and we would enjoy the wonderful fabrics.
Because I am now working in Japanese cultural exchange, I often have occasion to meet people in kimono, and I think I am influenced by that. I think that the way that women conduct themselves in kimono is really beautiful.

影響を受けたのは祖母と伯母と母です。祖母は毎日着物でした。8人の子供を育てながら、家事も仕事も着物の上に割烹着を着てこなしていました。家で着物をほどいて洗っていた姿の記憶がうっすらと残っています。伯母は川崎で着付けの先生をしていました。母の良き着物の相談相手で、私の着物を作る時は二人で相談して作ってくれていました。それが二人の楽しみでもあったようです。母は着物が大好きでしたので、着ない時にも、時々私と一緒に箪笥の引き出しを開けては、着物の由来を話してくれたり、「綺麗ね」と見て楽しんだりしていました。
また、日本文化交流の仕事をしているため、着物姿の方と接する機会も多く、そこから影響を受けることもあります。
着物を着ている時の女性の仕草は本当に美しいと思います。

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