Company: Madame Butterfly Nagasaki
About the Artisan: I am Hiromi, a Japanese artist born in Nagasaki - the
setting of the classic opera Madame Butterfly. My designer handbags and
household accessories evoke the spirit of Madame Butterfly: the fusion of
classic Japanese and Western style and culture.
I love kimonos. I especially love kimonos from the Showa
Era. Many of the kimonos with classic patterns are really beautiful and show a
lot of craftsmanship. Nowadays, even Japanese people do not have many
opportunities to wear kimonos, and I feel that the very wonderful kimono
culture is in danger of being discontinued. I would like to upcycle kimono
fabric to make more and more products that can be used in daily life, and
through these products, I hope people can feel the beauty of Japan and the
beauty of kimono.
How would you describe your art/craft? Madame Butterfly
Nagasaki designs combine the elegance of Japanese tradition and contemporary
What kinds of items do you sell? What is the price range? I
make so many different things from vintage kimono fabric: handbags ($59+), tote bags ($75+), key chains ($12.50), small pouches ($33.50), clutches ($38.99),
cardholders ($12.50), scarves ($59.99), pillow cases ($45.99), silk, 4-layered
face masks ($14.99+), tumblers ($22.50) kimono fabric necklaces ($22.50)
and earrings ($12.99+).
How long have you been doing this? Since 2015
Have you travelled to Japan? I’m Japanese! My parents live
in Nagasaki, Japan and I often visit my family there.
What is your favorite thing about working with kimono
fabric? I love kimonos, and I attended a Kimono Class as well. Most kimonos
made from silk and hand-dyed.
Hand-painted kimonos are really beautiful. I love yuzen dyed kimono.
Kimono is “art to wear”.
at is the most
challenging thing about working with kimono fabric? Most kimono fabrics are
made from silk, are especially easily stained and can be very delicate. Also,
some vintage kimonos may have an unpleasant odor. It is necessary to remove the
Here are more of Hiromi's creations: