First Sample /
初めのサンプル

  • Material: Raw Cotton (kimono), cotton bed sheet (obi), silvered steel (fork)
  • Technique: Print on fabric
  • Year: 2010

The first kimono made as part of the Kimono Re-Construction project.
I made it by unstitching old Japanese kimono to study their tailoring secrets. Only by patterning my work after them could I design new ones. The Japanese simplicity involves a lot, a real lot of detail.

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Kimono Exchangeable. Open Air

  • Material: Raw cotton
  • Technique: Screen printing
  • Year: 2011

In the past, kimono used to be unstitched before washing and then hand-sewn back together. As the garment is made from a considerable length of fabric, it is easy to alter it to fit another person.

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Wedding Kimono

  • Material: Linen damask
  • Technique: Screen printing
  • Year: 2011

The kimono was sewn of old damask fabrics, previously used as tablecloth on the excursion ship Hjälmaren which sailed along the canal of the same name.
The textiles were hand-woven specifically for the luxury ship, probably in the early 19th century.

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Chiyono / ちよの

  • Material: Hand-woven linen
  • Technique: Patchwork
  • Year: 2012

The kimono sewn of fifty Polish and Swedish dish-cloths brings to mind a kitchen, a housewife moving around it, serving fragrant hot meals to us, gathered around a table.
The cosy homely atmosphere is conveyed by the hand-hemmed edges and traces of use.

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Tsunami

  • Material: Silk
  • Technique: Print and paint
  • Year: 2011

Late in the evening on 10th March 2011, I was working on some materials for an exhibition. Several two-metre-long breadths of silk were washed after the prints on them had been fixed.
As it turned out, all the fabrics broke in washing, in a way that I had never seen before.

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Onna bugeisha / 女武芸者

  • Material: Silk organza on the insided, nettle linen on the outside
  • Technique: Screen printing
  • Year: 2012

I worked on this kimono, which combines elements of women's and men attire, without a specific idea, following my intuition instead. I tried to balance the delicate colours and silk lining inside with the rigid outer part of kimono which gives an impression of metal.

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Doily Kimono. Tea Ceremony / 茶会

  • Material: Cotton doilies, silk organza
  • Technique: Knitting, screen printing
  • Year: 2011

I hope this kimono will make you reflect on the value of women's handicraft.
It was made of knitted cotton doilies, 2 zlotys each.
The garment is made of some seventy snowflake-shaped doilies and is worth thousand of hours of women's work. It takes twenty hours or more to knit one doily, which means about 1400 hours in total, plus 100 hours to put 'snowflakes' together - to create a kimono.

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Tailored Kimono

  • Material: English wool
  • Technique: Tailor sewing
  • Year: 2012

The kimono is a work of fine tailoring craft, which is why I asked Anika Hed to sew this garment. In her work, she is guided by the idea that everyone deserves the best quality of service. Anika Hed sews tailored garments. Every year, Japanese Nobel laureats come to er to dress well in the Western style and women visit her to put on kimono.

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Knitted Kimono and Obi

  • Material: Wool and silk yarns
  • Technique: Knitting
  • Year: 2012

This is one of my favourites in the Kimono Re-Construction project.
This kimono comprises my collected memories. It was knitted in wool and silk accumulated over the years of work in fashion design. Some of the yarn was handmade in Sri Lanka using and old bicycle wheel (in lieu of a proper spinning wheel)...

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