Turning kimonos into facemasks
Japanese artist Hiroko Takahashi
usually makes traditional summer kimonos
known as yukatas
But when her business started suffering
she transformed her excess fabric
into to hand-made masks
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) ARTIST, HIROKO TAKAHASHI, SAYING:
"It's not that I've lost work, but that I've actually become incredibly busy from making masks. But if I compare it to last year when I sold yukatas, the amount of business is incomparable."
Hiroko would ordinarily be selling
100-200 yakutas a month
at $570 each
But with the entire industry declining
kimono manufacturers are suffering
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KIMONO TAILOR, KAZUMI FURUOYA, SAYING:
"We are tailors and there are various professionals involved in the process, such as dyers, before the kimono is sent to us. And everybody is having problems with work. "