Every piece of silk brocade we use is cut from an actual vintage kimono woven through with gold and silver — in most cases from its highly-decorated obi, or belt. Some of these pieces were worn and loved by their owners; others have lain untouched for decades, with most pieces in the Musubi collection ranging from about 50 to 200 years old.
Each piece is lovingly and painstakingly restored by a team of master kimono artisans in Fukuoka, who clean and repair the fabric and metal whilst ensuring that it retains its distinct character and lustre. We then transfer the restored pieces to our atelier in Singapore, where our artisans stabilise the rear of the fabric to prepare it for bookbinding. The entire process happens over multiple weeks, if not months, making this one of the most complex offerings in the atelier's entire lineup.