An artist creates a leather kimono inspired by the misty mountains of Japan

The traditional kimono is an iconic symbol of Japanese style and culture that has been around for centuries. The robe-like garment is usually made from a mixture of hemp, linen, and silk. However, contemporary Japanese designer Tomoe Shinohara has bucked tradition by making a one-of-a-kind kimono from scrap leather, aptly called the leather scrap kimono.

Shinohara is best known as an early 90s pop music artist who later went on to pursue his acting career. However, the star has recently returned to her roots in fashion design. His leather kimono concept is inspired by the misty mountainous landscapes of Japan. To bring his vision to life, the artist constructed the garment using only deerskin. In doing so, she linked the material to the visual inspiration of her aesthetic – the animal’s mountain home.

Working with Japanese artisans, Shinohara recycled scrap leather and dyed it in a monochromatic gradient to mimic the layered visual effect of mountains seen from afar. Although the garment is leather, you couldn’t tell by the slight delicacy of the kimono’s silhouette. The intricate craftsmanship is apparent in each individual piece which has been meticulously cut, dyed and assembled by hand. With all of its individual elements coming together, the final effect is absolutely stunning.

Shinohara made the leather scrap kimono in partnership with the Tanner’s Council of Japan to raise awareness of the country’s leather goods. To learn more about the artist, follow her on Instagram.

Japanese designer Tomoe Shinohara created a kimono using only scrap leather.

The leather kimono inspired by misty mountainsArtist Tomoe Shinohara creates a traditional Japanese kimono from scrap leather

The design of the garment is inspired by the misty mountainous landscapes of Japan.

The leather kimono inspired by misty mountainsArtist Tomoe Shinohara creates a traditional Japanese kimono from scrap leather

Each individual piece of leather has been cut, dyed and arranged by hand to create a stunning final effect.

The leather kimono inspired by misty mountainsArtist Tomoe Shinohara creates a traditional Japanese kimono from scrap leather

Watch it all come together in the video below.

Tomoe Shinohara: Website | instagram
h/t: [Spoon & Tamago]

All images via Tomoe Shinohara.

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