Whilst in Japan recently, I was very lucky to be invited to a studio for a kimono fitting. Unfortunately I can't post all the pictures here is a little glimpse. Each kimono is hand-painted and takes 2 months to paint by master artist Mr. Michio Ito at Sakura Sajiki.
This particular art of silk painting has existed since the 8th century and is famous for its use of distinctive colours. Featuring cherry blossoms in mist, crescent moons, dragons and temples, Mr Ito's designs were just so beautiful and utterly romantic.
Back in Kyoto, I watched another artist creating pieces with this technique. Fascinating!