The dreamchild of artist and designer Catalina Arocena, KasuriHome recrafts vintage Japanese kimono into one-of-a-kind home accessories with a distinctly contemporary vibe – quilts, pillows, and curtains that are as much works of modern art as they are functional objects.
While ceremonial Japanese silks enjoy star status among western designers, the humble rural vintage kimono are lesser known. The company’s name, Kasuri, describes the rugged vintage cotton fabrics that were handmade and dyed by farmer’s wives for their husbands’ work clothes, but also used for kimono. Arocena collages these modest pre-WWII cottons with elements of bold, contemporary kimono silks: the result is a sumptuous and understated elegance that calls to mind the Japanese aesthetic
of wabi-sabi, wisdom in natural simplicity.
Acorena’s vision materialized upon discovering a dealer’s forgotten lot of 40 slightly damaged kimono. Their beauty inspired her, while the damage gave her permission to “dare take them apart and start playing with the remaining sections of fabric, imagining what they could become.”
KasuriHome specializes in site-specific commissions in collaboration with interior designers and architects. Each piece is designed and crafted in the US under Arocena’s supervision.
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3711 Dairyland Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278