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Creating Kimono Completely In-House

In 1980 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.
Map of factory Map of factory Wash Inspection Steam Stencil dyeing Hand-drawn Yuzen Oke packing Final Inspection Fabric Inspection Oke tie-dyeing Brush dyeing Design Color arrangement Dye Production Wash Inspection Steam Stencil dyeing Hand-drawn Yuzen Oke packing Final Inspection Fabric Inspection Oke tie-dyeing Brush dyeing Design Color arrangement Dye Production
  1. Design Process

    • Small Design Drawings (Hinagata)
    • Full Scale Design Drawings
    • Determining the Production Process
    • Fabric Selection
    • Design
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    Design

    Always keep inventing new things.

    Color arrangement

    Coloring work is an extremely important work process that determines each color that matches the pattern and determines the ground color.

    • Fabric Inspection
    • Temporary Assembly
    • Pattern Outlining with Aobana Extract
    • Hem Alignment
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    Fabric Inspection

  2. Yuzen

    • Itome Kaki (Outlining pattern areas with resist paste)
    • Stencil dyeing
    • Base Color Arrangement
    • Dye Production
    • Brush dyeing
    • Steam and Wash
    • Drying
    *Some products do not have a Yuzen process.
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    Steam

    Steaming time varies depending on the type of cloths, color density, and season

    Stencil dyeing

    The color paste changes slightly depending on the temperature and humidity depending on the season

    Brush dyeing

    The kimono fabric is about 13m long, so a large space is required.

    Wash

    Even if the dye or glue seems to have fallen off with the naked eye, we change the water and wash it with water many times to wash out all the excess dye inside the thread and between the fibers.

  3. Shibori

    • Ito Ire (Stitching resisting thread)
    • Hitta Shibori Binding / Koboushi Shibori Binding
    • Dye Production / Jizome (Base dyeing)
    • Drying
    • Oke packing
    • Oke tie-dyeing
    • Unbinding
    • Wash, Steam and Inspection
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    Dye Production

    Oke packing

    The fabric endures the power of 500 needles and a straw rope and waits for the finish.

    Oke tie-dyeing

    It is only with this process that Aoyagi's original kimono is born.

    Inspection

  4. Yuzen

    • Ji Ire (Brushing a starch solution on the fabric)
    • Dye Production
    • Hand-drawn Yuzen
    • Steam, Wash and Dry
    *Some products do not have a Yuzen process.
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    Hand-drawn Yuzen

    Aoyagi's strongest field is the combined use of tie-dyeing and Yuzen dyeing.

  5. Inspection

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    Inspection

  6. Decoration

    • Haku (Gold and silver foils)
    • Kindei (Gold paint)
    • Embroidery
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    Haku (Gold and silver foils)

    It's a joy to work with a process that can change the mood and feel of the design.

  7. Final Stages

    • Assembly
    • Final Inspection
    • Delivery
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    Final Inspection