Mihoko Yoshida has been designing and weaving Kimono and Obi for over 25 years, and founded her own atelier “SOMEORI YOSHIDA” in 2003.
Most Japanese Kimono artists tend to follow the traditions of kimono culture, however Mihoko works differently.
She has freed herself from its traditions and gets her inspiration from poetry, music, nature and modern art.
“Warp brush-painting” is a dyeing technique. Mihoko is probably one of the first Japanese Kimono and Obi artist to use this method. In her sunlight rich studio, she paints directly onto the warp threads which are tightly stretched on a loom and then weaves the textile with hand dyed weft yarns.
The interlace of the painted warp and dyed weft yarn creates beautiful unique patterns and designs.
Gowa-Gowa Boso-Boso means course, stiff and rugged. These are characteristics of a fiber called Kibiso which is from the protective outer surface of silk cocoons and typically discarded as too tough to loom.
Kibiso is only one of the various unique fibers used to produce beautiful textured fabric for her Kimonos, Obis and accessories.