Mihoko Yoshida has been planning, dyeing and weaving the Japanese Kimono and obi for over 25 years in her photogenic, poetic and music-listening way in the brand of Someori Yoshida.

Most of Japanese kimono artists are trying to keep and follow the tradition of Kimono culture or be free from its tradition by an outrageous idea like pop-up design.
Yoshida Mihoko is different.

Brushing colors
The Brushing colors is the dyeing technique, probably she is the first artist in the Japanese kimono and Obi making to pick-up this method.
She paints direct on the warp thread spread tightened on the loom placed in her sunshine light rich room before starting shuttling wefts thread. The crossing of the painted warps and wefts looks charming and attractive in the Japanese kimono and obi making.

Gowa-Gowa Boso-Boso (means coarse, stiff and rugged) her unique thread choice
She picks-up the thread which most of Obi artist will not use.
She likes to use the Gowa-Gowa Boso-Boso thread for the Obi making.
These thread called Kibiso, the first thread the silk worm made.
By using these thread, she makes the cubic not flat fabric for Obi making.

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She has always been passionate to make the full-ordering kimono from the beginning to the end.
On every single steps on each projects, she thinks deep to choose the thread, how and times to twisted, dye material, way to dye, how to weave, how to brush and how to loom in order to make her design come true.
She has been offering this service for the Kimono lovers who wishing the next Kimono and Obi something different from traditional design and technique.
But the most important part this method is the talking with clients.

Mihoko Yoshida

Education, Training and Works

1986-1988
Tokyo Zokei Art University, Department of Fine Arts
1990-1991
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Arts (Day Job)
1991-1992
Art Gallery Bon (Day Job)
1992-1993
Saori Institute of Contemporary Hand Weave
1993-1995
Training textile underneath Kuniko Takano
1996-2002
Curator for Yudo Eurasia Creative Japan
Curator for Masters in East-south Asia, sponsored by UNESCO
directed by Toshihiro Imai
2003-2009
The Open University of Japan, Department of liberal Arts
Graduation thesis
Study on “Concept of Kamigamo-ori” author by Goro Aota
Full reproduction of Kimono based on the “Concept of Kamigamo-ori” from dyeing to weaving

Selected Exhibitions

1993
Started Textile production
2003
Founded Someori Yoshida
2009
Spring- at Ginza Motoji
2010
The Autumn of the Middle Ages- at Ginza Motoji
2015
Triangle Yoshida at Itinosaki
2016
Jinbaori of Kato-Kiyomasa at Wanokuni