Lau travelled to Kyoto planning to learn about the heritage of kimonos. Kimono and obi-tying is a very highly valued heritage art form in Japanese culture. Novel has followed the experienced kimono masters and learned the traditional ways of tying the obi belt.
This journey led to a secret fabric vault beneath the grounds of Gion, the renowned geisha district. Novel acquired rare, unworn, hand-woven, antique kimono fabric painted as long ago as 1818 from the family which had looked after the swatches for several generations. There is only a single metre of each unique swatch in existence. Novel has written a story that breathes life into the ancient fabric. Each piece is pre-tied in traditional obi format to wear as a contemporary bow tie.