Upcycling Kimono project
Inheriting the tradition
to the present.
KIMONO culture is loaded
with Japanese sense of beauty.
To produce one KIMONO,
a number of processes need to be completed
by skillful craftsmen utilizingdelicate sensibility that Japanese people have long cultivated.
“KIEN”is an upcycle project to present such precious KIMONO culture to the present.
To preserve long-cultivated Japanese sense of beauty,
we present to the present days
a brand newKIMONO culture.
Enjoy the combination of tradition and innovation.
1UpcycleUpcycle Give new values
to KIMONO that is no longer used.
- Upcycle Vintage KIMONO
- Elaborately produced vintage KIMONO have delicate embroideries and bright colors backed by high techniques that cannot be reproduced today, which we take pride as Japanese. To not let our KIMONO culture die, we have transformed vintage KIMONO that is no longer used intomodern clothing, which we would like to propose as new way to enjoy KIMONO in the present age.
- Specially selected vintage KIMONO
- We mainly select formal black KIMONO called “TOMESODE” produced in 1970-1990 in good condition with beautiful patterns.We believe, “TOMESODE” looks the most beautiful when remodeled into a dress.
- Maintenance of the fabric
- Through traditional Japanese KIMONO washing and stretching method, we bring the fabric into life. All the processes are handled by craftsmen in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
- Making KIMONO into a new roll of fabric
- After the maintenance processes, a KIMONO is dissembled and sewn into a roll of fabric.
- Remodeling into KIMONO dress
- With contemporary patterning, a KIMONO is remodeled into a new product.
2Made in KyotoRevived by craftsmen in Kyoto
- By re- dyeing, KIMONO can be brought back into life. The amount of dyes and brush dyeing technique require enormous knowledge and skills developed by decades of trainings and experiences.
- Covering with glue
- To avoid colors from mixing up in re-dyeing process, the fabric is covered with glue. Even a detailed pattern can be covered with glue by delicate technique of craftsmen.
- You can order an embroidery of a design of your choice such as family crest to create your one and only original design.
- Washing & Stretching the fabric
- This Japanese traditional way of washingKIMONO can bring the antique fabric into life by dissembling KIMONO into theoriginal roll of fabric before washing. We not only use vintage fabric but we refresh the fabric.
- We bring the fabric into life by removing with special techniques stains and cross staining that cannot be removed by washing and stretching.
3KIENBehind the story of
our brand name KIEN
- “KI” from the word representing four seasons, which is a characteristic of Japan.
“EN” represents the essence of Buddhismmeaning that if we cherish pure happenstances, there will be a way.
We combined these two letters and named our brand “KIEN” with a hope to convey Japanese culture to those people who come together by fate in this world through KIMONO that we create living side by side with and feeling four seasons.
4SustainableOur efforts towards SDGs
- As a member of the global society, we KIEN support SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals.)
- Goal 8: Job satisfaction and economic growth at the same time
- To achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men including youngster and people with disabilities by 2030.
- Goal 12: Responsible to produce and consume
- To drastically reduce wastes by 2030, through preventing generation of wastes, reducing, recycling and reusing wastes.
5CharityTo preserve KIMONO culture
- We will donate 10% of our sales to contribute to the preservation of KIMONO culture.
You can try KIMONO dresses on and see the fabric samples.
Please make a reservation from the link below.