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Company Name: Wayoko
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wayokokimono/

About the Artisan:

I started this business because I fell in love with kimono and started collecting remnants of kimono fabrics. Even small pieces were enough to know the charm of kimono fabric.

Kimono fabric items can be enjoyed in any style, not only when wearing a kimono. I want to convey the charm of Kimono as well as wearing it.

How would you describe your art/craft? Upcycled kimono fabric items. I also sell some kimono jewelry such as obikazari and obidome.

What kinds of items do you sell? What is the price range? Cosmetic bags ($18), card cases ($20), pincushions ($10), hair ties ($4) , head bands ($17), key fobs ($9) and more.

How long have you been doing this? I've been doing this for 8 years.

Have you travelled to Japan? I was born and raised in Japan. I’ve lived in U.S. three different times in my life since high school. The first two times were short – just two years – and this third time has been for six years. I travel to Japan every two years.

What is your favorite thing about working with kimono fabric? It gives me joy while working on it. Kimono patterns are so unique and fashionable. There are many things that express the beautiful four seasons of Japan, and you can feel the season from the pattern. Also, I think the idea of putting a wish in the pattern is very Japanese.

What is the most challenging thing about working with kimono fabric? Some vintage kimonos have stains and I can't wear them anymore. It is a challenge and a happy thing to use only the good parts from there and make others happy.

Here are more of Yoko's creations: