NoKiimo (not a kimono) is an unisex artgarment sophisticated and timeless. Its design and concept springs from the form of the traditional Japanese kimono. It's main estetic sours is based in the intersection of East meets West.

East meets West intermingles traditional culture with contemporary life

NoKiimo is an art garment for people of all ages who share the idea of generation long lasting craftmanship, a desire to reach out towards the exquisite and profound, an artists expression. NoKiimo adapts to today’s earge to make an honest atempt of producing less yet an exclusive and expressive art garment.

NoKiimo is multi-functional, it can be worn both as a formal or informal piece of clothing. The design allows for freedom of movement. Nokiimo are constructed so they are completely reversible. One side is more strict, reverse it, and a more playful interior useful as evening wear or special occations.

The material

By using a variety of textiles each one in a unique collage the same model has different functions and appearances. The selection of textiles can also be custom made combinations when ordering. Mostly Natural materials of the highest quality are used – linnen, matte yarn wools, Italian summer wool, Japanese silks, ramie, flax, and upcycled kimono fabrics.

One-of-a-kind garments

The existing sizes range from 36-44 for women and 40-55 for men. Each NoKiimo is made in a limited edition, and most are unique, one-of-a-kind garments. NoKiimo is constructed and customised by experienced craftsmen in Sweden.

Nokiimo concept updates and modernizes the classic kimono form for the needs of today. It is a design encounter constructed with a collage of fabrics passionately collected on journeys over the years of search. The majority in natural fibers. Depending on the fabrics chosen, the Nokiimo can be used in different seasons and various climates.

The style

Nokiimo updates and modernizes the classic kimono form for the needs of today. It is a design encounter constructed with a variety of different fabrics with the majority in natural fibers. Depending on the fabrics chosen, the Nokiimo can be used in different seasons and various climates.

The Nokiimo was created and has been exhibited in Japan at 150th anniversary between Sweden and Japan. It has also been exhibited in galleries in Tokyo, Yamanashi and showcased at Skulpturfabriken, Gotland. BODW (Business of Design Week) in Hong Kong featured Nokiimo at the PMQ exhibition hall. Earlier coexhibit at Växsjö Konsthall. Both a functional piece of clothing, and an evolving work of art.

Mylla Ek, Artist SWE.

Mylla Ek

Was born and is presently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her roots are however, from the island of Fårö, Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Mylla is un international active artist grow up in generations of artists. Her mother is a well known textile artist, most noted for her hand-woven tapestries. Her father is an renown dancer and actor. Naturally her interest in human expressions in general and music, textiles, visual art and performing art in particular became an flowing part of life and upbringing. Mylla studied textile and fashion at the Beckman’s School of Design in Stockholm, thereafter fine art and stage design at the Gerrit Reitveld Academie in the Netherlands. Mylla shift her independent work with collaborations at different theatres in Europe and Japan.

Mylla collaborated with different choreographers in Europe such as Johan Inger, Mats Ek, Martin Schläpfer, Remus Sucheana. Her life changing bounders to Japan started 1998 through choreographer Shintaro Oue.
First project at the theater was in 1996 lead by her grandmother, the choreographer and founder of Cullbergballet, Birgit Cullberg. Thereafter she moved to the Netherlands where she stayed five years studying and created several productions at the Nederlands Dans Theater, Den Haag. Some Other theatres she was engaged in Europe Semper Oper in Dresden, Deutche Oper am Rhein, Germany, Norske Opera og Balett, Norway, The Royal Swedish Ballet and Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm.
Wiener Staats Oper, Austria. In Japan she was engaged by the small contemporary performers group C/Ompany, New National Theater and The Nissay Theater, Tokyo.

Mylla was early exposed to the aesthetics of hand dyed colours and textiles of folk costumes of the far north as well as the far east. Since 1996 her acquired family ties in Kyoto, Japan. Her family connections there have introduced her to weavers, dyers, printers, embroiderers, tailors and other artisans who work with kimono manufacturing. Through the kimono she has received insight into the different worlds it represents, the social as well as cultural meaning of carrying the anicant tradition of kimono. Whether onstage at the Kabuki and Noh theaters, or worn for ceremonies in private life, its symbolism and meanings, its references in Japanese history, and its thoughts about beauty over generations and ideals has become a revelation. The kimono has its own dramaturgical expression and signifies the different ages of a life time. A suggestion of tryout towards the perhaps impossible task that trigger our imagination of a better and more sustainable way of life . This has been her source of inspiration for the work creating, developing and designing for NoKiimo – a onepiece slow fashion concept.

Selected Exhibits
2021 HINATA and THE PRINSCESS OF THE MOON, NoKiimo Costume Premiere, The Nissay Theater, Tokyo Aug. 2021
2018 TEXTILE ART IN MOTION, Soloexhibition at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo, Japan,150th anniversary between Sweden and Japan. 2018 Soloexhibition at Skulpturfabriken, Galleri Vagnslidret, Gotland, Sweden. 2017 TEXTILE ART IN FUSION, Sekiungaru Gallery, Tokyo and Yamanashi, coexhibition shared with Japanese weaver Fumi Hotta.
THREADWAYS coexhibition, 2017 Växsjö Arthall, Sweden. IT´S SWEDEN Nokiimo was part of designersexhibition at the BODW, Business of Design Week, Hong Kong featured Nokiimo at the PMQ exhibition hall, 2014.

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