Already celebrated for its range of fabrics which come as marked out garment panels for the consumer to cut out and sew at home, Nisscho Co Ltd has now set up a division which will adapt the same techniques to the children's wear market.

Marketed under the name Kitte-Kiru, the collection will feature simpler designs than those created for the adult market.

The adult range adapts traditional kimono construction and decoration to the needs of the modern purchaser and has been a pioneer of reviving ancient, pre-chemical dye methods of colouring fabrics.

And in place of the l00 per cent cotton or pure silk fabrics of traditional Japanese dress, it works in modern blends of manmade and natural fibres.

By Sonia Roberts.