Sunday, September 19, 2004

Digital Kimonos

Japan has applied modern technology to one of its most ancient symbols: the kimono. Instead of hand painting kimonos, artisans are using inkjet printers to create the designs on the robes. The results are whimsical and modern designs, cheaper robes, but of less quality than hand painted ones.

I hope this business takes off because I'd like to buy a real kimono from Japan without spending thousands of dollars. And, since I live in the U.S. where people really don't wear them, I wouldn't feel guilty about spending big bucks on something I never wear. Maybe I could wear it on Halloween though.