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Mon 31 Dec 2012 15:00 BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Wednesday 23 November 2011

Japan: 4 Extra Debut. Despite being an enduring cultural symbol, the kimono industry in steep decline. Roland Buerk asks why.

  • The Watabun company, Kyoto weaves obi belts

    The Watabun company, Kyoto weaves obi belts

  • Kihachi Tabata's family scrapbooks

    Kihachi Tabata's family scrapbooks

    Kihachi Tabata's family scrapbooks of kimono samples date back five generations.

    Photo credit: Pam Skinner.

  • Kihachi Tabata's hand painted kimono fabrics

    Kihachi Tabata's hand painted kimono fabrics

    Kihachi Tabata's hand painted kimono fabrics are some of the finest in Kyoto.

    Photo Credit: Pam Skinner.

  • Kimonos and obis must be worn in the right season

    Kimonos and obis must be worn in the right season

  • Maiko - trainee geishas

    Maiko -  trainee geishas

    Maiko - trainee geishas - are professional kimono wearers and works of art.

    Photo Credit: Ruth Evans

  • Maiko - trainee geishas

    Maiko -  trainee geishas

    Maiko - trainee geishas - are professional kimono wearers and works of art.

  • Maiko - trainee geishas

    Maiko  - trainee geishas

    Maiko - trainee geishas - are professional kimono wearers and works of art.


    Picture Credit: Ruth Evans

  • Maiko - trainee geishas

    Maiko  - trainee geishas

    Maiko - trainee geishas - are professional kimono wearers and works of art.

    Photo Credit: Ruth Evans

  • Maiko - trainee geishas

    Maiko  - trainee geishas

    Maiko -- trainee geishas -- are professional kimono wearers and works of art.

    Photo Credit: Ruth Evans

  • Audio Slideshow - Mastering the Kimono

    The art of kimono making and how the skills are in decline.

    Audio Slideshow

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