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Kimono Showcase

Kimono Display Dedication Ceremony

On April 29, 2019, Irvine Valley College held a dedication ceremony for a wedding kimono, now on permanent display in the campus library.

Kimono's History and Techniques

  • Batik Dye - Roketsu-Zome

    • Batik Dye Video (Youtube)

      Roketsu-Zome (Batik Dye) is one of the old dye techniques. Professor Ishii learned roketsu-zome under the guidance of a roketsu-zome artist.  She made tapestries representing four seasons.

  • History of Kimono

    • History of Kimono Video (Youtube)

      The video presents visits to three cities (Nara, Kyoto/Nagoya, and Tokyo) where Professor Ishii explored original forms of kimono.  It shows the 7th century kimonos to the 18th century kimonos. 

  • Kaga Yuzen

    • Kaga Yuzen Video (Youtube)

      In the city of Kanazawa in Northwestern Japan, the Kaga Yuzen dye was developed by Miyazaki Yuzen who used gluten during the dye process.  The movie depicts the dye experience of Professor Ishii in Kanagawa and yuzen kimonos. 

  • Kimono Demonstration 1
  • Kimono Demonstration 2
    • Kimono Demonstration 2

      Kimono Demonstration 2 (Youtube)

      Professor Ishii demonstrates how to tie the fukuro obi, which is worn for the formal occasion.  The kimono is the formal one called “homongi.”

  • Kyo Yuzen

    • Kyo Yuzen Video (Youtube)

      Kyoto is famous for the Yuzen Zome dye technique.  Kyo Yuzen uses gluten and patterns may include buildings or designs not observed in nature.  The movie shows the dye experience of Professor Ishii using the template method in Kyoto.

  • Natural Dye – Kusaki Zome

    • Natural Dye - Kusaki Zome Video (Youtube)

      The Kusaki Zome uses ingredients found in nature such as flowers, wood chips, roots, pods, minerals, etc.  Professor Ishii made four silk scarves using the Kusaki Zome, the natural dye technique. 

  • Nishijin Obi

    • Nishijin Obi Video (Youtube)

      Nishijin Obi is known as one of the exquisite obis in Japan.  It has over six hundred years of history.  The movie is about professor Ishii’s visit to one of the Nishijin obi companies, the House of Ichijo.

  • Tying Obi
    • Tying Obi Video (Youtube)

      In Japan when a child becomes 20 years old, people celebrate Seijinshiki – the Coming of Age ceremony.  Girls wear a furisode, a long sleeve kimono, on that occasion.  Professor Ishii took the gorgeous obi during the ceremony.

  • Weaving of Nishijin Obi

    • Weaving of Sishijin Obi Video (Youtube)

      Professor Ishii visited the Nishijin Obi maker to learn how it is made.  She also visited a factory and the Nishijin Ori Kaikan (hall) to see the weaving machine.


Brooke Bui, PhD
Dean, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 209

Erika Arendts
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 207