Kimono sustainability & renovation
Takahashi Hiroko became interested in kimono while studying dyeing techniques at Tokyo University of the Arts. She was attracted by the kimono’s practicality and lack of waste: tailored from straight lines, the same size of cloth can be adapted to any sex or body type without having to cut or dispose of the fabric. In the past when the kimono was everyday wear in Japan, it was commonplace for a parent’s old kimono to be re-dyed and re-tailored for children and grandchildren.
Takahashi’s series Project RENOVATION focuses on this sustainable aspect of kimono: taking old kimono and having them unstitched, de-colourised, and then re-dyed with her bold geometric patterns and re-tailored. By renovating kimono, Takahashi also seeks to ‘renovate’ ways of thinking about the present: encouraging us to find joy in continuing to re-use and treasure the same objects and materials even when new things are constantly being created around us.