■ 2. Catch up
Hello everyone, it's Designer Tak, Takahiro Sato.
This week I introduce for the first time KUDEN's new symbol "KUDEN itoguchi (口伝糸口)," which will start with the Kimono gowns that are now in production.
Stitch by stitch, artisans will sew the KUDEN logo mark (or the meaning of the character for mouth in KUDEN) on the back of Kimono gowns into KUDEN clothing from now on.
It is a kind of "Shitsuke-thread" and can be removed at the customer's discretion. (Therefore, it is not sewn in tightly like stitches.)
“Shitsuke-thread" is a thread that is sewn to hold seams and folds temporarily in place, and new kimonos are purchased with shitsuke-thread attached to prevent them from losing their shape. Usually, the shitsuke-thread is removed before the kimono is worn, which proves that the kimono has not been worn by anyone.
The thought behind the word "itoguchi".
In Japanese, the word "itoguchi" means "something that triggers the development of things."
KUDEN is committed to preserving Japanese and Western sewing techniques for future generations, to introduce kimono and traditional Japanese culture overseas through the power of design, and to employ people with disabilities, such as my son, to play a role in society. We hope that KUDEN can be a “itoguchi = trigger" for the next step.
KUDEN itoguchi is a modern-day "back guardian(背守り)".
A back guardian is an amulet that was sewn onto the back of a child's kimono in the olden days. When making a kimono, the left and right sides of the body are sewn together, creating a seam called a "back seam" along the spine. People in the olden days believed that "eyes" had the power to ward off evil, and that the "seam" of the backstitching also had the power to prevent evil from creeping up from behind. For this reason, it was customary for parents to sew patterns on the back of their kimono with thread, with the hope that the kimono would protect their children.
In today's hectic world of various events, we make our products as "modern back guardian" in the hope that they will protect our customers as much as possible.