Eriko Yamanashi, who normally designs understated, elegant apparel lines in Tokyo, was keen to meld centuries of kimono history with trends in Arab modest wear.
The fashion tastes of Arab and Japanese women are more closely aligned than it might seem. After all, both the abaya and the kimono are designed to be conservative, while reflecting their country’s culture and traditions.
Traditionally, Kimonos are made from an entire bolt of fabric, such as silk, hemp or crepe, which is decorated with textile art, tie-dye, hand-embroidery or stenciled patterns.

Much like western fashion trends, kimono colors, motifs and prints reflect the four seasons. Cherry-blossom designs are popular during the spring, aquatic images denote summer, Japanese maples characterize ­autumn, & plum blossoms ­represent winter. Eriko collection includes several kimono-abaya styles as well as evening gowns, tops & skirts. The dominant base color is black, with embroidered lotus flowers, exotic blooms accenting collars, hems & sleeves. The silhouette is that of a modern, straight-line abaya, with Japanese elements including long kimono sleeves with generous pouches and bateau necklines.

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