Creating Kimono Completely In-House

Aoyagi since its founding in 1938 has always aspired to an originality of craftsmanship.
In 1980 – when we had assembled a young team of skillful artisans –
we decided to start creating kimono completely in-house.
This was a new challenge, which, building on our ever growing ingenuity,
called for improvements in technique and quality.
The result has been a superior beauty, born from a synergy of each individual artisans’ passion.
An Aoyagi kimono is crafted with excellence,
and each serves as a testament to our tale of innovation of tradition.

Fabric Design and Development

Our team develops each fabric with an open mind and curiosity.

Fusenori Oki

A rice starch paste is applied over the section which will be handpainted later (Tegaki yuzen)

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Okedzume

The fabric must be firmly binded and secured inside the barrel in order to prevent the dye from leaking.

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Yuzen Hand Painting

Tegaki yuzen is one of Japan’s most famous dyeing techniques. It is a process that brings a design to life through delicate color application by brush.
As the dye, brush and fabric are all very sensitive to atmospheric conditions, the artisan must work with heightended senses, carefully dyeing each petal one by one until the work is complete.

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Applying Haku

There are fifteen different ways to decorate with haku including furikin, momihaku, noge, surihaku, kukuri, komonpaku and modoshihaku.

Final Inspection