new technologies, old challenges > old materials, new challenges
In 2018, we visited Kyotango, which is known for its textile industry, particularly the special silk material called "Chirimen" that originated during the Edo period. This material is known for its unique patterns and soft texture and is used to make high-end bespoke clothing and traditional Japanese kimono throughout Japan.
With the changing modern culture, the demand for traditional Japanese kimono has decreased. In this project, we collaborated with Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) and Kyoto Design Lab under the theme of "new technologies, old challenges > old materials, new challenges" to experiment with the possibility of combining traditional techniques with contemporary design.
"River, Forest, City."
We created a series of patterns that combined and reimagined traditional textile designs from Kyoto and Osaka during the Showa period with modern color schemes. The designs depict the interweaving patterns of the warp and weft threads, accompanied by the rhythmic sound of the weaving process.