Arisa is an atelier where we painstakingly take care to follow the traditional dyeing techniques while at the same time discover new ways of expression for creating kimonos and kimono “Obi” belts.
At Atelier Arisa we create Kyo Yuzen kimonos, “Obi” belts, silk stoles and
small Japanese accessories.
Kyo Yuzen is a dyeing technique that has been passed down from the 8th century. There are two techniques. One is hand painted dyeing. The other is using a pattern or stencil. Hand painted Yuzen is a technique that begins by tracing a design onto paper and then transferring it to white cloth. Pattern Yuzen is created by using a paper stencil and colored paste to dye the cloth.
Kyo Yuzen designs are often prints of “Kacho Sansui ” or flowers, birds, mountains and water. They are characteristically refined, elaborate and very colorful and are often combined with embroidery and gold leaf. Nurtured from more than a thousand years of Kyoto history, the tints used in Kyo Yuzen are noble and yet modest. They are alive with a sense of exquisite beauty.
All over Japan there are craft industries which have been active since ancient times. The techniques to make hand-crafted household items have been passed down from one generation to the next, and each type of craft has its own regional characteristics. The Japanese government （Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry） has instigated a programme to foster traditional crafts, under which 232 items （including 1 type of material and 2 tools） have been designated Traditional Craft Products （as of February, 2019）. Kyo Yuzen is also designated as a Traditional Craft Product.
Traditional Craftsman （Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen ）
Atelier representative Arisa Tomikawa has been recognized from among the artisans engaged in creating traditional crafts, as designated by METI （ Minister of Economy Trade and Industry）, as a “Traditional Craftsman” *because of her commitment to maintaining a high level of quality.
Tomikawa set up an atelier for Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen and named it “Arisa”. She used the traditional methods of batik dyeing, Itome （thread） yuzen and sketching to create kimonos and obis in a fresh new way. She creates each work from scratch through a process of dialoging with the customer. Each silk stole and piece of Japanese accessory is hand made.
All of the kimonos and “Obi” belts sold at Atelier Arisa have the “Authentic Traditional Certificate”** guarantee attached to them as a testimony to our pride in tradition.
* Traditional Craftsman
A “Traditional Craftsman” is someone who has been recognized from among the artisans engaged in creating traditional crafts, as designated by METI （Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry）, because of their commitment to maintaining a high level of quality.
**Authentic Traditional Certificate
An Authentic Traditional Certificate is a trademark that is awarded by the Traditional Crafts Industry Promotion Association Foundation for traditional crafts. The local craftsman union that has been designated by METI （Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry） awards the certificate in accordance with the guidelines set by the METI. Traditional crafts that have met the conditions are given the certificate and have the honor of being recognized as an “authentic traditional crafts”.
|Tomikawa entered the world of dyeing due to the influence of her grandfather, Dangisho Eiji, who was a Kaga Yuzen artisan. He was awarded the fifth class Order of the Sacred Treasure and served as a judge for Nitten exhibitions.
|Tomikawa was contracted by a Ichimatsu puppeteer to create the costumes for the puppets. The puppets were subsequently exhibited in the Osaka Historical Museum and the Cheney Cowles Museum in Washington State.
|Her kimono work exhibited at the Shozui exhibit was awarded the Osaka City Bureau of Education award.
|One of her works exhibited at the Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen exhibit was awarded the Miyako Messe award at the Kyoto City Kangyokan.
|Her kimono work exhibited at the Shozui exhibit won Shozui Art Grand Prize.
|Her kimono work exhibited at the Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen exhibit was awarded the KBS （TV） Kyoto award.
|Certified Traditional Craftsman （Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen）
Her kimono works exhibited won the Kyoto Fabric Wholesale Cooperative award.
|Exhibited at the Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square “First Generation Women’s Traditional Craftsmen’s Exhibit”.
|A Kyo Yuzen exhibit won the Kyoto Fabric Wholesale Cooperative award
|I made the long-sleeved Kyo Yuzen kimono, or “Furisode”, for Asuna the heroine of the animation “Sword Art Online”.
The voice actor for Asuna debuted wearing the kimono at ROHM Theatre Kyoto.
A limited-edition figurine of Asuna wearing Kyo Yuzen will be manufactured and sold.
The same “Furisode” kimono will go on display in the Homotsuden (Treasure House) of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto
Member of Kyo Yuzen Cooperative Federation of Traditional Craftsmen
Tomikawa has many other exhibits and has won many other awards.
Here you can see the kimonos, “Obi” belts and silk stoles that have been created at Atelier Arisa
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