Picturing the season the Kimono is to be worn
Yasunori Yanagisawa, who creates textiles for kimono in Nagano City, has been in the world of dyeing and weaving for 50 years. He was born in Tokyo and raised in Nagano. After getting textile training in Tokyo, he started his business in Nagano.
Yanagisawa’s motto is to imagine the season the kimono he is designing will be worn. He says coming up with the design is the most difficult part. ”Do you come to a standstill when you’re working in your office?” Nakata questioned.
Importance of communicating with nature
Yanagisawa laughed and told us that he spends too much time on his hobbies, and he can’t get much work accomplished. But even in those playful moments, there lies the secret to his textile skill. In the photos he takes, the season is captured beautifully and vividly.
He likes seasons when lots of flowers are in bloom. When he draws flowers on kimono, he tries to capture its features, first focusing on small details up close, and then the harmony of the full picture. There was gentle ”beauty” drawn with delicate colors on the kimono.
- Textile Artist Yasunori Yanagisawa
- Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture