For my latest Textile Tidbit, I recommend a short BBC programme about the production of kimonos in present-day Japan.
This programme visits the remarkable island of Amami Oshima in the southern oceans of Japan, to follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. Over five hundred people are involved in producing the island’s famous mud-dyed silk, which takes many months to produce. The film follows the painstaking process of the silk being bound, hand dyed, woven and finally turned into a kimono by a seamstress. Along the way we not only discover the history of the kimono tradition, but also the many difficulties facing the kimono industry in modern Japan.
To watch this programme online, visit the BBC iPlayer website (unfortunately for international readers, this video is only viewable in the UK).