Dye and Weave KIMONO・OBI
Simplified Personal History
Born in Nagoya-city, Aichi, Japan
Returning to father’s home town Hiroshima after living
a vagrant life over some time
Encounter with the art of dyeing and weaving at Hiroshima City University
Entrance to Kyoto Saga Art University Junior college,
majoring in dyeing and weaving
Living at Swiss village in Hiroshima Mountain Village International Center
Becoming a disciple of Yoshida homespun atelier
Studying under Mr. Yoshida Kouzou
Continuing studies at the same
Obtaining further guidance “Ujyo lesson” by the ancient dyeing teacher,
the late Mr. Maeda Ujyo
Working at Nara Ohara Kimono Technical college as a part-time teacher
of dyeing and weaving
Receiving a certificate stating the rare skill “clay dyeing” by Mr. Yoshida Kouzou
First solo show “祈織展-INORI” at Kyoto traditional gallery, in Shijyo, Kyoto
Exhibition in TOKYO KIMONO WEEK
in Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store, special Kimonos Salon, Tokyo
2009 “潦-Niwatazumi-“ winning work in Modern homespun craft exhibition of works by the general public, in Komagane Silk Museum, Nagano
2012 “散華-Sange-“ winning work in the same exhibition
2014 “綺羅-Kira-“ Honorary Director Prize
Present execution in Takashima,, Shiga
I’m often asked
whether my family was in the dyeing and weaving business.
Or if my mother liked Kimono too.
But the environment where I grew up
was not at all related to my present field of expertise.
Actually, after I started dyeing and weaving,
I came to know
that my mother in fact did like kimonos
and even was interested in dyeing and weaving.
“Why do I dye and weave?”
“Why did I start dyeing and weaving?”
This is personal, but I wrote down my story.
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