Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Twilight of the kimono

For 1,200 years, the Nishijin district of Kyoto has been the heart of Japan's weaving industry, and the kimono has long been the mainstay of that industry. But with the kimono business itself collapsing in the face of "globalization and rapidly changing demographics," Nishijin's elderly master weavers are literally a dying breed.

Making kimono fabric the old-fashioned way.

—Mellow Monk

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