Kyoto Kimono Remake Workshop

Two glorious days in my Kyoto Studio to recycle, rework, renew

4.50 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)
2 days


  • Immerse yourself in Kyoto textile temple markets
  • Explore off the beaten track - a few Kyoto's hidden treasures
  • Join me at Workshop in my Kyoto Studio to create your masterpiece, remade from your temple market finds


'"Passionate about Japanese textiles as well as sustainable fashion, I believe in the deconstruction and reconstruction of vintage kimono and obi."- Sally
At the temple markets, I'll help you select the perfect textiles for the workshop. We'll hold the following day's workshop in my cozy Kyoto Studio, overlooking a traditional Japanese garden of black pine and azaleas. There by days end you will have reworked your treasured textiles into a handcrafted and unique piece. I will meet the needs of all skill levels with the several options I will be showing you how to construct. Join my Kyoto Kimono Remake workshop for a memorable and unique experience. 


From the Past to the Present… amazing things can happen.


Day 1: Temple Markets Textile Shopping and "Off the beaten track" a few of Kyoto's Hidden Treasures

  • 08:00 am Meeting at Market gates: Early morning start, scouring a glorious selection of kimono, obi & vintage Japanese textiles (2 to 3 hours).
    I'll help you select the perfect pieces for the following days’ workshop as well as introducing you to the best textile market vendors.
  • Market lunch: a wonderful variety of freshly cooked market foods such as takoyaki, okonmiyaki and more
  • Followed by 'Off The Beaten Track' a few of Kyoto's hidden treasures.
  • Around 17:00: Hotel drop off: Home and homework  in preparation for the following day’s workshop in my traditional 1961 Kyoto, wooden house.

Day 2: Kyoto Studio Day 

  • Hotel pick-up then back to my cozy Kyoto Studio in Yamashina where, by day’s end, you’ll have reworked your previous day’s finds into a contemporary, wearable handcrafted & most importantly, unique piece.
    All skill levels can be catered for, with varying degrees of difficulty in the pieces I will be showing you how to construct. A bomber jacket for the skilled… or maybe a tunic, shrug or Sunday bag.
  • Lovely lunch in my kitchen or garden (weather permitting)
  • Hotel drop off.

"The reworking of pre loved & pre worn kimono into a contemporary piece for Modern times not only resurrects an otherwise unseen piece of art, your creation already has a lived in feel & if only textiles could talk…so many stories would be told.” - Sally

Important information

Included in price

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • All car transport
  • Workshop fees
  • Workshop lunch & refreshments on Day 2
  • All accessories needed for the project construction

Not included

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to Market Gate on Day 1
  • Market lunch on Day 1
  • Any fabric or otherwise purchases at the markets

Dates: Twice each month

Meeting point

The meeting place is at Market gates of Toji Temple on every 21st of the month, and at Market gates of Kitanotenmangu on every 25th of the month. 

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Organised by Sally Smith Designer

3 Reviews

4-6 of 12 Reviews


Dec 06, 2019

I did Sally’s workshop with my 15 year old daughter and her godmother. With sewing experience ranging from virtually none to a keen home sewer we were all able to create something fabulous to take home. Sally was a wonderful guide, teacher and host. It was such a treat to go to the local Temple markets and to sew in the studio at her traditional lake house. Sally also took us to a historic village in the mountains to a Shibori museum. It was great to get off the tourist trail and do something creative and Sally made it a lot of fun. A great experience and I can’t wait to share it with my friends.


Dec 04, 2019

We had a fantastic and creative time with Sally in Kyoto. She shared her ‘secrets ‘ with us and we left with fun memories and gorgeous dresses. I especially loved our trip to Miyama and the Little Shibori Museum - a privilege to meet Shindo San. Thanks Sally.


Oct 10, 2019

I had such a great time at Sally Smith’s textile workshop in Kyoto, a unique experience well worth trying and I feel honored that I had such an opportunity to become so immersed in the traditional Japanese textile culture for the two days, learn so much with everything organized The whole two days were fun and memorable, from Sally’s guided visit to the famous textile vendors at Kyoto’s Toji markets, making it easy to navigate and with the chance to purchase rare and incredible textiles under her guidance, to the overnight stay at her traditional wooden house in a small village by the shores of magnificent Lake Biwa followed by the creative workshop with inspirations and galore and all the technical help I needed to create the lovely piece I created to take home (along with many ideas and fabrics for my next project) Sally made everything easy in an exclusive tour well above and beyond the type usually available to tourists visiting Japan. Highly recommended.

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