Father-daughter team recreate The Pillow Book on silk scrolls to save the embroidery industry

Nn20090602f2aYoshihiro Kimura, a 65-year old man in Shimane Prefecture, is collaborating with his 41-year old daughter Chizuru to recreate the 11th century classic Makura no Soshi, or The Pillow Book, in embroidery on silk screen rolls. It’s symbolic of their desire to keep embroidery alive in Japan, which has been losing sewing jobs to China and Southeast Asia. They expect it will take years. The Pillow Book is a famous piece of literature written by Lady Sei Shonagon, a court lady in the Heian period. It was made into a Hollywood film starring Ewan McGregor in 1996.

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  1. Cool, I just read that in english. I hope to one day see the completed embroidered version.
    Also, if you read the description, you’ll notice the movie isn’t remotely an adaption of Shonagon’s pillow book.