Maki Aizawa and the hidden art of kimono-making by the Sonoma Index-Tribune

Textile artist Maki Aizawa with a range of her kimono-inspired jackets in her Sonoma studio on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Textiles artist Maki Aizawa’s original line of kimono-inspired jackets are featured in the prestigious Santa Fe International Folk Arts festival this month. She’s humbled to be sharing kimono-making techniques which she applies to the modern-designed jackets, her way of giving visibility to what she describes as “a dying art form.” But despite designing and sewing beautiful garments that are attracting attention, Aizawa doesn’t like to call herself an artist.

“The artist term is very challenging for me,” says the Sonoma resident.

It’s not a lack of skill or a self-effacing attitude that makes Aizawa resistant to the title. Rather it’s a knowledge of and respect for the kimono-making process in Japan. The art is taught by master kimono teachers, like Aizawa’s mother, who’ve committed to a lifetime of study and practice.

Read the full article on the Sonoma Index-Tribune.


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