KIMONO NO SODE <the kimono’s sleeve> presents a remake collection, in the mode of cultural transfer. A reflection on a Japanese sartorial tradition from a European perspective. The title of the collection comes from an essay by the Japanese writer Osamu Dazai, in which the shape of the kimono’s sleeve is explained.
One part of the collection is a remake of t-shirts, modified in 3 categories: “sode” sleeve, “obi” kimono’s belt and “eri” collar.
--SODE: T-shirt sleeves take on a kimono style.
--OBI: Extra fabric around the waistline imitates an “obi”.
--ERI: A simple string adds a kimono’s collar.
In all 3 categories, the attached materials are either antique kimono silk, various “tenugui” traditional prints (Japanese cotton hand towel with a classical size of 36cmX90cm), or a jersey material similar to the t-shirts own material.
The other parts of the collection are antique kimonos, “tobi” pants (typical Japanese working pants) and “sukajams” (short for “Yokosuka jumpers”, Japanese embroidered blouson jackets). Some of the kimonos are disassembled and modified into a different item like a shirt or a skirt. Some of them are presented authentically, just a tag of the collection is added to mark the object (like ready-made/appropriation artwork.)
photography studio / udo titz
photography vienna city / jens preusse