‘Design Kimono – Koji YOSHIE’

How to design a new Kimono, a Japanese traditional garment?

Koji YOSHIE is based in Kyoto, and calls himself a craftsman. He designs and dyes kimono, using Kata Zome (stencil dyeing) technique. Referring to his two sets of kimono, Furisode (long-sleeved kimono for an unmarried woman) and Houmongi (women’s kimono for a formal visit), he explains how he designed these, quoting traditional design patterns in his own way.

He then talks about the nature of Japanese cultures, that is, to take advantage of various foreign things, such as silk, arabesque patterns and Western chemical dyes.  Finally he talks about the current state of the kimono industry in Japan.


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
28 minutes
In Japanese with English subtitles
© Japan Desk Scotland 2017


This is part of our documentary films production. This has been screened:

(1) on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’;

(2) on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania, for the second-year students; and

(3) on Monday 27th November 2017 at the ‘Japanese Club’, Cumbernauld Academy, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop on fashion.