- ABOUT HIROCOLEDGE
HIROCOLEDGE is a project which seeks to bring about a fusion of art and fashion, led by artist Takahashi Hiroko.
Designs constructed of circles and straight lines are the distinct characteristics of her work.
She develops HIROCOLEDGE’s products based on the idea of practical craftsmanship that has for centuries underpinned the development of simple and functional Japanese craft and tools.
The act of putting on ‘HIROCOLEDGE' allows oneself to be revealed while also creating the trigger to think of everything deeply without constraint, set frames or stereotypes.
We want to update the meaningful value extracted from kimonos, inherit the minimal and rational appearance of kimonos, and share their appeal with people all over the world through HIROCOLEDGE products.
Straight cutting that does not waste material, such as the tenugui, SLEEVE BAG, as well as “IV (four),” a simple outer with square-shaped sleeves and “TEI” a loose silhouetted top tailored with straight lines. These items were created with rational tailoring and consciousness of shapes that can be freely enjoyed regardless of gender, generation or race.
In addition, we have prepared “II (two)” to expand the freedom margin of kimono. II is a unisex kimono with a name meaning between two genders. The shape and tailoring of the free kimono is a continuation of the rationality and traditional techniques of the common kimono. This is a new proposal for a kimono unique to HIROCOLEDGE.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT〈RENOVATION〉*
One kimono is generally made from cloth that is approximately 40cm wide and 12m long. About 2700 silkworms are required to make this cloth.
About 98 kg of mulberry leaves would be needed as feed for the silkworms.
At a time in Japan, it was a part of the lifestyle where materials such as silk were valued and treated with care. The norm was to not just wear the silk kimonos, but also have them passed down from one generation to the next and so forth.
We have come to place focus on taking advantage of the rationality of the original kimono (in that it can be re-dyed, tailored) along with the durability of silk, which is said to have a lifetime of 100 years. We have begun to produce through the reusing of materials and hope to create new possibilities for the future by focusing on the sustainable side that kimonos originally had.
*A project born from "RENOVATION" by Takahashi Hiroko. A series which unraveled, reworked and revived old kimonos.