Traditional Kimono Making • September 9 – 12 • Tsuyo Onodera and Maki Aizawa

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Tsuyo Onodera and Maki Aizawa, Guest Teaching Artists

4 days • Saturday, September 9 – Tuesday, September 12, 2023

10 am – 4 pm, daily

Nonmembers: $971, Members: $873.90


($242.75/day for nonmembers, $218.48/day for members, and $212.50/day for early birds!)

Register by July 1, 2023, to receive the EARLY BIRD rate. 

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Textile Center is thrilled to welcome Master Kimono maker Tsuyo Onodera and her daughter, artist Maki Aizawa, to lead a special 4-day kimono-making Guest Teaching Artist workshop. Tsuyo and Maki will lead participants through the art of traditional kimono making from selecting and pinning the tanmono fabric to sewing your very own obi and casual summer kimono known as yukata. Explore the history of traditional kimono-making including discussion of kimono layout, construction, size, and pattern alignment. Learn techniques for marking fabric with kote irons and creating body panels, collars, and sleeves. Using both hand-sewing and machine-sewing techniques, construct your own kimono and obi. Finally, learn how to hold, drape, and wear your very own kimono! Open to beginners. Familiarity with hand-sewing recommended.

Students have the option to bring their own sewing machine, in good working condition, to create the obi (and some parts of the kimono if they prefer a faster process). Materials fee of $50, payable to instructor on the first day of the workshop includes needles, pins, thread, thimble, and kakehari table clamp. Students have the option to purchase cotton tanmono fabric from the instructor in advance of workshop; price of cotton tanmono ranges between $100-$300.

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For our out of town guests, nearby accommodations are available with our partner hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, University Ave. in Minneapolis.  For the special Textile Center rate and more info, visit our website here:

Instructor Bio:

Tsuyo Onodera is a Master Kimono maker who has worked in the kimono industry for more than sixty years. She established the Aizawa Sendai Kimono Making/Training School in the northern city of Sendai, Japan, where she still lives now. She was the head of school and hundreds of students became licensed kimono makers under her mentorship during their five-year apprenticeships living at the school.

Maki Aizawa, a daughter of Tsuyo, is an artist and designer based in California and Asuka in Japan. Kimono-making has long been a part of Maki’s life, and she cherishes the memories of a childhood living with the students of the Aizawa Sendai Kimono Making/Training School, surrounded by all things related to sewing kimonos by hand – a rich array of silks, brocades, cottons, pattern books, and special Japanese threads and needles. In 2021, Maki created her own brand, Kamiko that brought together a women’s collective of licensed kimono makers in the Tohoku region of Japan, to put a contemporary spin on kimono traditions, creating designs that can be incorporated into everyday life. Maki also leads a non-profit organization called Amu, which supports indigenous artists from Japan, and is currently writing a book on kimono making with artist Veronika Schaepers.

Together, Tsuyo and Maki, have created intensive kimono-making workshops through which they share with students the art of traditional kimono making. They are committed to preserving a kimono sewing tradition that is disappearing, and aspire to revitalize and celebrate the specialized hand skills and techniques of this tradition. At the heart of Tsuyo and Maki’s approach is to embrace the philosophy of minimizing waste and creating objects of enduring value, embodied in the kimono making tradition.

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TrWithdrawal Policy

If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 2 weeks before the start of this special workshop, you will receive a 50% refund of your workshop fee. Less than 2 weeks, there is no refund, due to the paid commitment we make to the instructor and the cost of bringing them to Textile Center. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your donation to Textile Center for any forfeited tuition. Please make this request in writing to

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