Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017

* Entry submission period : 20th May - 20th June, 2017

Overview of the Competition

Kimono Fabric Design Competition is an international design competition sponsored by Japan Textile Dyeing Joint Association to showcase new creative talents in the world.
The purpose of this competition is to engage with design enthusiasts and expand design capabilities and opportunities that kimono decorations can achieve.

Have you ever heard of ‘Kimono’ ?
This elegant Japanese traditional costume was first worn by people 1300 years ago, has deeply rooted among the people’s heart.

This competition open up to new ideas and creativity. Now the kimono is here for you to design !
This time, we would like to recruit new fabric design from young talent. From the pure white silk fabric, we would like to to come up with astounding design of textile you would like to wear. The winner’s design will be displayed in the exhibition in Japan and Europe (Paris, Cologne). Aside from that, Japan expert craftsmen will use a finest quality of silk to turn your design into a wonder artwork. This is a rare opportunity, even in Japan.

The application procedure is simple. Please design your own kimono pattern(s) and tell us your stories as to how you came up with your great ideas. Drawings, illustrations and pictures are accepted. What’s more, the best craftsmen in Japan will dye the finest silk kimonos based on winners' designs, and the finished garments will be exhibited in Japan and Europe.

Get involved in creating a new kimono style ! And play a key role in bringing together Japanese traditional art and your creative innovation ! We are looking forward to your participation !

How to participate?

Step 1

Draw your original design of the textile on a square paper of 29.7cm length and 21cm width.
On the application form, please write your name, address, email address, and purpose and intention of your design. Please colored your work. (Partially colored is fine, and you are free to use any kinds of coloring material)

Step 2

Complete your application form. Please download the official registration (PDF file or Excel file) from below;
[PDF file: kimono-en2017.pdf]
[Excel file: kimono-en2017.xlsx]

Step 3

Send your paper artwork to us. Both by email and mail are accepted.

Sending method Step
Sending by E-mail 1. Confirm your design’s format. Both scanned data of handwritten sketch and computer painted data are OK !
* Please make sure your data’s resolution is over 120dpi and within 3M in JPG format.
2. Finish your application form.
3. Send us your design by E-mail
Sending by mail 1. Complete your application form. 
2. Send us your design by mail !
Kimono Fabric Design Competition commitee
Kyo-zome hall, 481 Toroyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8225 Japan


-Each participant can send only one design.
-Winner’s designs will be used on works made of silk such as bags, umbrellas, etc.
-Designs which are considered to have an infringement of copyright will be out of selection.
-Please understand that all designs will NOT be returned.
-We only accept designs that have not been sent to other competitions.
-Registration fees is free.
-The deadline is 20th June, 2017 (As indicated by the postmark on the envelope).

Announcement of the results

Results will be announced through e-mail by the end of August 2017.
In addition, the artworks will be displayed in Japan and Europa (Paris, Cologne).

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Important informations :

This time, we have received many valuable questions and comments regarding on the competition.
Thank you very much ! Below, we picked up those most concerned questions, hope this will help you !

For the winners, we will send you price notification result announcement in late August 2017. At the same time, we need your permission for using your design to make trial kimono product. (We will not use your design unless there is your agreement.)
Although there is kimono and other products like tapestry that have possibility of turning into a trial kimono product, we will not use for sale. it is the trial product.
Since our organizational mission is cultural exchange and to develop and improve the art of dyeing and weaving, not making product for commercial purpose; no design will be used for sale. In addition, we treasure all design sent to us for the competition with care, and none of them are used for sale.

Copyright License Agreement for the use of the winner’s design in Kimono Fabric Design Competition

1) Copyright
The copyright of the winning design belong to the winning designer. The winner agrees to grant the use of the winning design under the condition, period, and areas described in the following section to Organizing committee of the Kimono Design Competition.

2) Use Agreement
2-1) Winning design will be displayed in the exhibition held by Organizing committee of the Kimono Design Competition in the period determined above (Up to 6 times per year).
2-2) Trial works like kimono and tapestry will be made based on the winning design with the utilization of Yuzen technique. Depending on the types of trial works, there might be changes in design during the process. In the occasion that significant arrangement have to be made, we will ask for your approval.
2-3) Winning design and the trial works made based on the design will be displayed on the website, pamphlet, introduction paper, etc.

3) Period
Three years start from the design was awarded. (2017/8/1-2020/7/31)

4) Zone
France, Germany, Japan, and our website.

5) The trial works and pamphlet won’t be sold in any case.
Our purpose is to ‘cultural exchange’ and ‘improvement and development of Yuzen technique’. Moreover, every design we will be kept carefully and will not be sold under any circumstance.

6) Certification and Prizes
We will distribute certificate and prize to the winning designers.
The prize will be: trial works of the winner’s design using Yuzen technique that is worth 50,000 JPY to the 1st designer and 30,000 JPY to the other winning designers. Please notify that this is in exchange with of the copyright under the condition, period, and areas described earlier.

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Have you ever heard of ‘Kimono’ ?

This elegant and beautiful Japanese traditional costume, was first worn by people 1300 years ago, has deeply rooted among the people’s heart. Yuzen is one of the most original kimono dyeing methods.
Presently, there are only few top craftsmen left with the skills to make Yuzen-style kimono.
The fabric used in Yuzen is the finest quality of silk made in Japan. There, top craftsmen who has long experience draw pattern on it, thus enabling them to make colorful and elegant kimono with fine patterns. Thanks for their patience and careful dyeing, we can enjoy many wonderful kimono masterpiece.

Works using the kimono fabric

In Japan, we produce new goods using kimono fabric and dyeing techniques.

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Exhibition Information (pending)

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works is scheduled as follows.
* There's a possibility that schedule may be modified.

1 Japan The Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 18th October 2017 (wed) until 19th October 2017 (thu)
Opening time: 9:00 - 17:00
Place: Kyoto International Exhibition Hall (Miyako Messe), Hall 1
Address: 9-1, Okazaki Seisyoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: [Kyoto city Subway] Higashiyama [Google Maps]

2 France The Exhibition in Paris, France
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 23th November 2017 (thu) until 26th November 2017 (sun)
Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00
Place: MAISON DU JAPON Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris /Grand Salon(ground floor)
Address: 7c, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014, Paris
Access: [RER]B, Cité Universitaire [Google Maps]

3 Germany The Exhibition in Cologne, Germany
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 7th December 2017 (thu) until 16th December 2017 (sat)
Opening time: Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 17:00 / Sat.: 10:00 - 17:00
*Closed: 10th December 2017 (sun)
Place: The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (The Japan Foundation)
Address: Universitätsstraße 98, 50674 Cologne, GERMANY
Access: [Tram]Universitätsstraße [Google Maps]

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