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PHILOSOPHY

 

Kimonos have long been esteemed in Japan and the world over for their exquisite use of textiles, color, and design. Over the course of its storied past, kimono has been elevated from an article of clothing to an extraordinary art form. From the artisans who draw the patterns to those who spin and dye the thread to the weavers who set and work the looms, kimono is an intricate, labor-intensive art that requires the skills of the finest craftspeople working with the highest quality materials.

 

To this day, kimono remains central to Japanese culture, although the practice of wearing the garment itself has waned. Seeking to reinvigorate this tradition, we considered how we might use kimono textiles and Japanese design in new and innovative ways that would speak to future generations and introduce kimono to a wider audience. We asked ourselves: what would happen if people experienced kimono not as a garment reserved for special occasions, but as an element of everyday life? This is how we came to establish Zipangu, a brand of interior décor that fuses kimono textiles and traditional Japanese craftsmanship with Western design and artistry.

 

The name, Zipangu, is a transliteration of an old name for Japan, which was first introduced to Europe approximately 700 years ago in the accounts of the travels of Marco Polo. At the time, Japan was viewed as a source of enormous cultural and commercial riches. In subsequent eras, Japanese and East Asian art, culture, and philosophy have substantially influenced Western decorative arts. “Chinoiserie” and “Art Nouveau” are two noteworthy examples. It is our aim to once again marry Japanese and Western decorative sensibilities to create products that will enrich the daily lives of all those who bring them into their homes. The art of kimono will add an element of grace and beauty to any interior. Therein lies our satisfaction and joy. It is our wish that Zipangu develop into a modern iteration of the Silk Road.