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The Kimono

Episode 2 of 3

Series celebrating traditional Japanese crafts. On Amami Oshima in the southern oceans, we follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono.

The second episode takes us to the remarkable island of Amami Oshima in the southern oceans of Japan, to follow the elaborate handmade production of a traditional Japanese kimono. Over five hundred people are involved in producing the island's famous mud-dyed silk which takes many months to produce. The film follows the painstaking process of the silk being bound, hand dyed, woven and finally turned into a kimono by a seamstress. Along the way we not only discover the history of the kimono tradition, but also the many difficulties facing the kimono industry in modern Japan.

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30 minutes

Audio described

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Jon Morrice
Series Producer Matthew Springford
Executive Producer Richard Bright

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BBC Four's Japan season

BBC Four's Japan season

Three weeks of programmes on the art and culture of Japan.