Naomi (Tokyo)

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PROFILE プロフィール

Naomi was born in Akita prefecture and lives in Tokyo now. She belongs to the 55-64 years old age group and is married. She is a manager of a dyeing-weaving studio.
She started to wear kimono 25 years ago when she learnt tea ceremony. She learned to wear kimono in four days at a kimono class. Her tea ceremony teacher was also a teacher of ikebana and sewing, and taught her ikebana and kimono tailoring too, but she was so strict and taught so fast that Naomi couldn’t keep up. She had to study by herself from a tailoring book afterwards, but she tailored her two yukata.
When she was a child, her grandmother tailored and dressed her in a wool ensemble at New Year and a yukata in summer. Her grandmother always wore kimono except in the summer. She did house keeping like cleaning and washing in kimono, so she wore a tsumugi with hanhaba obi with a flat tied style in a relaxed way. Her mother did not wear kimono everyday but she ordered some kimono for Naomi.
Naomi has 30 kimono. As she would like to wear the perfect size kimono, all of her garments are order-made except the two yukata that she tailored. Half of her collection are woven kimono like tsumugi, including Kumejima-tsumugi, Basho-fu, or Kurume-gasuri, etc.
She bought these from a kimono shop which she trusts, and her heart hurts to hear from the shop that the traditional woven kimono are decreasing.

尚美さん、秋田県生まれ、東京都在住。55~64歳の年齢のグループ、既婚。染織教室を経営されています。
25年前にお茶を習い始めてから着物を着るようになりました。初釜で着物を着る必要があり、着物教室に4日のみ通って着方を覚えました。お茶の先生は生け花と和裁の先生でもあり、尚美さんは生け花と和裁もその先生から習いました。厳しい先生で、特に和裁は先生の教え方が早すぎてついていけず、後から自分で本を読んで学びました。お手持ちの浴衣のうち2枚は尚美さんが自分で縫い上げました。
小さい頃はお正月にはウールのアンサンブル、夏には浴衣をお祖母様が縫って着せてくれました。お祖母様は夏以外はいつも着物でした。掃除、洗濯など、家事も着物でしていたので紬に半幅帯をぺたんこに結んで楽な着方をしていました。お母様は普段は着物を着ていませんでしたが、尚美さんに何枚かの着物を誂えてくれました。
尚美さんのお手持ちの着物は30枚。ぴったりのサイズで着たいので、自分で縫った物以外は全部お仕立てを頼みました。紬や織りの着物が好きで半分以上を占めます。その中には久留米絣や久米島紬、芭蕉布などが含まれています。信頼している着物やさんから、伝統工芸がなくなりつつある話に胸を痛めて購入しました。

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