Kimono Tango is a cottage industry that recycles Kimono Obi fabric to create strikingly beautiful creations that will enhance any home. All our fabrics are made from authentic Japanese silk, and most (over 99%) are from Nishijin, Kyoto – famous for producing some of the finest silk brocades. The craftsmanship of these luxurious textiles dates back to the 8thcentury when Kyoto was first established by Emperor Kwammu. Only the most striking textiles with their dynamic splashes of bright colors filigreed in gold and silver were especially selected to be transformed into a set of exquisite pillow covers unique in the world.
The most important factor in determining the quality of Japanese silk fabric is to know where it is produced. Yuuki, Ohshima and Nishijin are some of the regions that are well-known for breeding quality silk worms, and these regional names are synonymous with the highest quality.
The next most important factor is the quality of the weave. Ohshima is, for example, famous for having the finest weave. Nishijin on the other hand is known for its gorgeous silk brocades, which are often desirable during the once in a life-time coming of age ceremony. For the finest silk coming out of Yuuki, it takes one day to weave less than two inches of fabric.
The methods used for dying silk is another factor that needs to be considered. The most sought after fabrics are either hand painted or employ the technique of Katazome.
Every Obi fabric used to create our luxurious pillow covers is genuine silk made only from silkworms raised in Japan. Most of our fabrics are from Nishijin, and they are all one of a kind. It is impossible to mass produce any one design as only 6 - 7 pillows can be made from one Kimono Obi. Every set of pillow covers is unique. Some of our fabrics are older and you will notice that the antiquated fabrics have a character all their own that newer fabrics don't have. As you know, design is contrast, and the weathered fabrics will add precisely this element to the brand new furniture or other trappings in your modern home.
We have carefully chosen Obis from around 1965-1990. This is because when the fabrics are too antiquated, they become too fragile for use as a pillow cover, and if they are too new, there is no guarantee that they are spun from silk worms raised in Japan.
It takes an experienced eye to know which Obis are of the best quality, and Chizuko Takahashi travels to antique stores all over Japan to pick out the best fabrics for gracing your living room.
Pillows covers range from 7000 - 20,000 JPY depending on the cost of the raw materials. Depending on the width and quality of the fabric, smaller size pillows may be available from 3000 JPY. Please inquire.
Pillow Cover 45 x 45 cm 7000 JPY (Approximately $70)
Pillow Cover 60 x 60 cm 9000 JPY (Approximately $90)
Pillow Cover 30 x 30 cm 3000 JPY (Approximately $30)
Tote Bag 15000 JPY (Approximately $150)
Clutch Bag 5000 JPY (Approximately $50)
Laptop Case 8000 JPY (Approximately $80)
iPad Case 7000 JPY (Approximately $70)
iPad Mini Case 3000 JPY (Approximately $30)
iPhone Case 2000 JPY (Approximately $20)
Train Pass Case 1200 JPY (Approximately $12)
Eyeglass Case 2000 JPY (Approximately $20)
We are quoting in JPY because the currency exchange rates have been volatile over the past 10 years. If you want to perform a conversion, please go here.
Only 40 pillow covers can be made in a month and each pattern will be a limited edition as it is impossible to replicate the same grade of elaborate silk brocade, as the cost of a new Obi can range from $1000 - $3000 or even more.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to respond to your inquiries as soon as possible.
Our lovely and loyal customers are from the Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Scotland and the USA. We thank you all for lending us a helping hand!