Nishijin Textile Announces Gundam Inspired Kimonos in Latest Collaboration

Nishijin Textile Industry's first Gundam collaboration was announced with the release of two new kimonos that incorporate Gundam designs into traditional Japanese art. The project was planned by the creative unit "N180" (Nishijin One Eighty), which consists of three Nishijin textile manufacturers.

The lineup consists of two design themes: 'Departure' for women, which includes an image of White Base, and 'Last Shooting' for men, which includes a silhouette of the RX-78-2 firing the last shot from the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam anime.

The kimonos will go on sale from August 8, 2023 at 412,500 yen ($3,800 USD) for women's kimono and obi, while men's will be sold at 275,000 yen ($2,600 USD) for both the kimono and obi. A portion of sales will be donated to the Kyoto City Industrial Promotion Fund, which is used to promote traditional industries such as Nishijin Textiles.

From September 1, 2023, kimonos will be available for rent; details will be announced at a later date.

A special exhibition will also be held from August 15 to 27, 2023, in which kimonos designed by Nishijin Textile x Gundam will be shown to the public for the first time. The event will take place on the second floor of the Nishijin Textile Center.

Another exhibition will be held for two days, from September 16 to 17, 2023, at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts (Kyoto) 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Kangyokan Miyako Messe Basement 1st Floor) which requires a Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair admission ticket.


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