Tsuyo Onodera has devoted fifty years of her life to the art of kimono making in Japan, having trained hundreds of students to become licensed kimono makers during five-year-long apprenticeships at her school in Sendai, Japan.
At Workshop Residence in San Francisco, Tsuyo and her daughter Maki hosted several participatory yukata kimono workshops.
Participants created contemporary garments featuring Maki's calligraphy, screen-printed on silk, linen and cotton.
Kimono making has become a lost art in Japan, with few people producing hand-sewn kimonos anymore. Opportunities to learn this ancient art are rare, even in Japan.
Workshops were held in the Spring and Winter of 2013 with over thirty participants.
Everyone who took part in the workshop finished with a hand-sewn kimono, and a lesson is the intricacies of dressing in one.