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Kimono Revival.

Demand for the elaborate, elegant centrepiece of the Japanese wardrobe may be in decline, but a handful of artisans and entrepreneurs like Hirose, 39, are trying to revive it.

"The kimono has become something that is very far removed from our daily lives," said Hirose, who joined his family business after university.

He specialises in "Edo Komon" - a kimono pattern hand-dyed with a Japanese washi paper stencil, which dates back to the Edo period between the 17th and late 19th centuries.

Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often a garment reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women.

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