Chisohiso is one of the few kimono houses today that has creative control over the making of a kimono, from the design and execution, to the distribution and sale. Chiso has established relationships with trusted kimono brokers who identify and recommend top talents to Chiso. This has resulted in a critical, close-knit network of artists, designers, highly-skilled artisans, salesmen, department stores, and even consumers, with each person instrumental in the production and marketing of the kimono.
Chiso senior designer Imai Atsuhiro drawing a new design.
The copyist transfers designs from other sources, such as print books, onto a fabric sketch.
The colorist checks the accuracy of dye colors to be used.
Matsuyama Itsuo, one of the few remaining highly-skilled specialists with knowledge of how to seal the special barrels created for barrel tie-dyeing (okedashi shibori).
The dyer immerses the barrel in a vat with the fabric to be dyed on the outside of the barrel and the reserved fabric protected within the sealed barrel.
Shibori Tie-Dyeing Specialist
After dyeing, the shibori tie-dyeing specialist releases the threads around the tightly wrapped sections of fabric (to secure the fabric from dye penetration) that creates patterns.
Paste-Resist (yūzen) Specialist
The patterned areas are covered by paste to prevent the dye from penetrating these sections of the fabric.
Colored Flour Paste-Resist Dyeing Specialists
Kamachi Yutaka and his son, Kamachi Shota, artisan specialists of colored flour paste-resist dyeing (iro utsushi itchin yūzen) for Chiso. Kamachi Yutaka’s father invented this technique for Chiso in the 1990s.