Janne Robberstad

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Recycled kimono

By spotogspindel | November 3, 2009

About a month ago I attended the London Vintage Fashion and Textile Fair with my step-daughter. (Several times a year, with lots of very good vendors. If you´re ever in London when they have a fair: GO!)

We´ve had plans of re-doing one of the bed-rooms, to make it more personally hers. One of the big hits is apparently old Japanese kimonos. We both loved the crepe silk fabric, and found many favorites. I ended up buying this small piece of an old kimono, and we decided to make it into a pillow.


It had many of the colors we had agreed on. So a couple of nights ago I finally finished sowing up the pillow. I made a backing fabric in heavy sand-washed crepe de chine, and filled it with filling from another pillow I had lying around. 


(All the pictures are taken at night, the colors look so different in the day-light. I´ll post more pictures, once the room is a bit more ready)

The pillow is ready.  The bed-sheets are ready. Two walls are painted. This afternoon Axel turned the door around so we have room for the new bed. Now all that is left is the rest of the room… sanding, wall-papering, painting, getting the lists in place, build the new bed… hm.. Another day…

Oh and if anyone knows of a good place to buy pure silk kimono-fabric, please let me know. I haven´t really found a lot of places, neither online nor in London. And there are so many things I´d like to make with the right fabric 🙂

Topics: Diverse | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Recycled kimono”

  1. denise (chez danisse) Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 19:38

    Beautiful pillow. Wonderful reuse of the material.

  2. Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 14:37

    Gorgeous pillow!

    I came here to see the piece you’d made and don’t want to spam at all, but I have just started back on eBay selling kimono fabrics (should be fully up and running in a week or so). I hope you don’t mind me saying, I only mention it because you asked.

    I’d love to see what else you make!