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The Art made of secondhand kimono and building material

April 19, 2018


In these days, these are a lot of secondhand kimonos in Japanese market.

Because actually many Japanese people wear western style clothes.In the city, we can easily find UNIQLO, MUJI, and Gap and so on.These clothes are easy to wear and easy to care, in addition, price is reasonable.

Unfortunately it is fact that our present lifestyle does not need kimono because kimono is difficult to wear and difficult to keep.


This situation is also seen on used building material market.
Huge amount of used building materials are in Japan.
In my opinion, especially materials over 50 years ago are very attractive and precious.
However, it is difficult to re-use these materials in our present lifestyle.


On the other hand, it is also fact that there are some creators who give used materials new life.


I am pleased to inform you of an artist.
His name is Shogo Sekine.
He was born and raised in Fujisawa, and he works as an art director and commercial designer in Tokyo area.

He creates utility goods and arts using used building materials; wood, metal, window glass and so on.
He lives in Ninomiya town near Fujisawa.
His house he selected was a peanut shop.
That house has been built 60 years ago.
He lives at that house and enjoys renovating it.
So, it is also his atelier.



I am a kimono trader.
I usually work at a shareing office, NEKTON FUJISAWA located in Fujisawa city.
At the office, I upload kimono pictures to my online store and I write descriptions about these kimonos.
It is one of my job and I enjoy it at NEKTON FUJISAWA.
 Many interesting people come to NEKTON FUJISAWA.
Thus I can meet these interesting people at that office.


One day, the owner of the office  introduced Mr. Shogo Sekine to me.

He is who wears fisherman HAPPI jacket in above picture.

( That jacket is an antique sold in NY 60 years ago. He told to me that it was made by an American who was interested in Japanese kimono.)


Mr.Sekine had a hope to make new art using secondhand kimono and old building materials.
Thus, I supplied some kimonos to him with my notes about these kimonos.


As you know, Japanese traditional pattern has unique meanings.
When we select a kimono to buy and to wear, it is very important information for us.
In other words, I think we should know these meanings as a Japanese.


Anyway, he read my description and his deep understanding created this fabric panel.


The title is " Folding fans flow like dancing on the moon night".


The frame is made by Japanese arborvitae woods ( Hiba ).

It was originally a wood door.

Hiba has antibacterial power, so it is fine material of building.

Many historical building was built of such a wood.

Thus these heritages have long life even if it was built by wood.


And two metal parts add cool atmosphere.

The metal parts was a handle of Fusuma ;Japanese traditional door made of paper and wood.


Base fabric was a Dancing Yukata.
This Yukata pattern is  belong to Fujima family of Japanese traditional dancing.
The previous owner was a lady who is good at traditional male dance.
Fabric is called " cotton tsumugi".
The serface of cotton tsumugi fabric is not smooth because the yarn is uneven.
The texture is natural and comfortable.

The Pattern is unique. I guess it is fan and/or wave.
Fan means prosperous future, wave means eternal peace.
Moon fabric is originally Han-haba Obi ( narrow width Obi).
Han-haba obi is wore for daily or Japanese dancing.
The pattern is hemp leaf. 
The meaning is growth power and avoiding evil.
Material is polyester.


Blue and Pink fans were originally wool kimono.
I guess the kimono was made for practice wear of Japanese traditional dancing.
Material is wool.

Pine leaf motif was originally a black Haori.
Black Haori was a popular item like a  jacket we wear in these days.
Pine meaning is longevity and abundance.
Material is silk.


Then, these materials were born 50 years ago, meet at his atelier, and re-born as a new goods.
Wood, metal, cotton, wool, polyester and silk are mixed by Mr.Sekine.

These materials are unified as a picture like a Hanafuda card; Japanese traditional card for table game.


If you have a interested in the panel, and if you evaluate it,

I will be happy more.

Shogo Sekine :



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