Kimono and RiNo
Rino is an internationally known art-curator. Through her extended world travels, she has realized that she is an “old soul” with a deep appreciation for history and culture, particularly coming to appreciate her own “Golden Jipangu” (what Marco Polo first named Japan).
Japan is a unique and refined, but also disciplined, culture unlike any other. Rino was unhappy with the fading kimono culture in the face of modernity and the “go go go” world we all live in now. The Kimono Bag project is an effort to preserve not just the delicate silk motifs, but also the emphasis on fine craftsmanship and appreciation for a beautiful tradition.
Many of these kimonos have been neglected, a reflection of the fast-paced world in which we now live. Many manufacturers now prefer to mass produce items and avoid using such complicated and delicate fabrics as those which silk kimonos are made from, but not RiNo Tokyo. That is one of the main reasons Rino has persisted in the vintage Kimono Luxury Collection . Despite the difficult and complicated process of seeking out kimonos and manufacturing them, Rino is 100% dedicated to preserving this tradition which emphasizes beauty, quality, culture and nature.
Even the kimonos that are worn and stained are only enhanced by their imperfections – in Japanese, there is a term for this concept: “wabi-sabi.” These pieces of living history have been worn and treasured by others already. Many of the kimonos have survived WWII and the extensive bombing Japan experienced during that time. Now Rino is taking this living history and transforming it in a way that the beautiful silk kimonos can still be used and worn in accordance with today’s fashions and across every culture.
Throughout history, kimonos have served as a primary source of income for money. A coveted trading item, people placed a very high value on kimonos and their fine silk materials. As a child, Rino’s mother told her stories of their family purposely deconstructing kimonos into smaller pieces of fabric to sell in order to afford food.
Rino is passionate about the Kimono Bag project and feels strongly that these bags will serve as a cultural bridge between people and countries. She has been collecting vintage kimonos since 2013 and genuinely believes that kimonos and their motifs are the most beautiful fabrics she has seen in her extensive world travels.