Using kimono fabric is challenging as Japanese looms were only 14 inches wide and patterns weren't designed with symmetrical repeats, so placement of the patterns to cut the garment is a recurring design decision.
The artist in Japan - wearing the raincoat that inspired the collection.
"The timelessness of these fabrics, the beauty, grace, playfulness and luxury of them has been a source of endless wonder for me. As this collection became a major physical presence in my home, I realized that I wanted to wear these wonderful fabrics…"
"My passion for textiles had its seeds in childhood sewing, and came to fruition with the frustration of the uniformity of commercial design. Once I visited Japan, the beauty, variety and quality of Japanese kimono fabrics captivated and motivated me. Over the course of 10 years, I have studied and carefully evaluated over a million kimono." -Susan Kotulak