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What can we do to save the Textile Industry?

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What can we do to save the Textile Industry?

Post  AnaIkimaru on Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:47 am

I know, that we are certainly facing a global depression. Yes, it's not like they are closing or anything, but it is still very disheartening to hear of them having such tough times. To me, they set the par and the standard for International kimono sales in recent memory, and their customer service enforces the tone that so many others strive to meet across the board. There are so many kimono dealers that I love, and they have a special place in my....*looks to back of the room* ...closet, -ok...ok....my heart, too. Especially after hearing the kimono store in NYC close...consulting others that I know of...it's so hard. I watched two friends go out of business, which they started because they got laid off in the first place during this f$&%ing $#%@*^ economy. I want more than anything the see more and more JAPANESE textile artists to be able to thrive and increase in number, and maybe I'm being overly pessimistic...but is this it? Are these times going to drive them to close, rather than continue to struggle to survive? What I've been seeing is the corporate world beat out all the individual shops, specialists, and tradesmen. Am I crazy, or am I the only person who flips over everything to see where it's made? I would rather pay more for something made locally or here in my country. I buy wine from Italy, chocolate from Switzerland, and kimono only from Japan. I will not buy a US flag that is not MADE here in the US. Am I crazy? What do you think? Do you think Japan-made kimono will be able to survive in the tough times ahead? What do you think can be done to support the kimono industry? Anyone else as scared as I am? I know this forum only represents a fraction of the world interest in kimono. But undoubtedly, it represents the very margin of the population that may hold the most passion for kimono. So I'd like to hear your thoughts and comments toward either their latest newsletter, or kimono facing the turbulent times ahead. And I promise no sarcasm in the post from me, I'm actually serious here. What can we do?
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Post  munchkins505 on Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:53 am

I would suggest to venture to new technology. How we can produce cheap textile. India and China are producing cheap textile. It is very hard to compete with them.

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Re: What can we do to save the Textile Industry?

Post  AnaIkimaru on Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:47 am

You are very right. In fact, one could say China is right now a big competitor in the creation of new "cheaper" kimono. To save money, artisians are forced to send the kimono over to China to sew the peices together after the yuzen dying is finished. Most modern yukata, kumihimo obijime cords, and geta are created in China and imported into Japan to be sold. It's disheartening because so many kimono enthusiasts don't realize the damaging effect it is having on the market.


With all due respect to China, I would not buy a kimono from there. I would, however, happily buy a hanfu costume or garment, cheongsan, or other traditional garment from China.
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