One day, I found a old and ragged old notebook in a KImono shop.
This is called “shima-cho”, a kind of scrapbook in which is pasted on by many small pieces of scrappy cloth.In ancient times in Japan, people have scrapped the pieces of cloth in the scrapbooks, in order to hand down the technologies of weaving.In some of them, special signs were written to describe how to weave the cloth.





そんなことを考えながら100Fabcell Dressを制作した。
We can’t imagine for now, but tracing it back through history, there’s particular
eras where clothing was made by a hand using the cloth which were also woven by hand.
When I saw the shima-cho first time, I was so excited about that fact and it reminds me the possibilities of a lifestyle making the clothes on our own and sharing the knowledge.

Of course, I know it must have been too hard for women to weave cloth and make the clothes.
They must have weave cloth little by little, while doing a lot of household works even without any home electrical appliance.
After New Year’ s season, they were released by the daily household work
and they hold a bazaar.
It is said that there was a custom of exchanging the clothe woven by their own.
They used to exchanged some pieces of cloth and the knowledge of weaving and pasted them on shima-cho and referred to them when they weave a new one.

I’m thinking about the system like shima-cho, using computer.
For example, something like we can make clothes ourself and share the data which the making process is automatically saved as.
Can you imagine that we could download and distribute the data of making clothes
and referred to them to reconstruct the clothes?
Thinking about this, I created 100 Fabcells Dress.
Each of textile which consists of , was made by hand individually.
Actually I gave up to weave even some the 8cm-square cloth and many people helped me.
Now I understand how hard it is to make clothes in the past times.