Techniques used to produce our products are rooted in centuries-old tradition of Japanese arts and crafts.
Kasuri (絣) – the Japanese version of ikat (resist-dyeing) technique. In this traditional artistic weaving the pattern is obtained in a time-consuming process of binding and dying threads by hand. The “encoding” of the design in the thread yet BEFORE weaving allows creating breath-taking, slightly blurry, vibrating ornaments, mainly in white and navy blue, thanks to the use of a natural indigo dye. In this technique there is no top and bottom of a fabric – both sides are identical.
Kasuri arrived in Japan in the 18th century from Ryukyu Islands (now Okinawa), where it has been applied since the 12th century. Kurume kasuri is still used today in the Kurume region on Kyushu Island, in the south of Japan. It originated more than 200 years ago thanks to a 12-year-old peasant girl Den Inoue and it became popular very quickly due to unique design, resistant fabrics and lasting colors. In the old times, the kasuri fabrics were applied in the production of daily-use kimono and clothing for work in the field, but today their irresistible charm makes them come into fashion. The cotton kasuri fabrics age with grace, they become softer and the patterns and colors – more vibrant.
Katazome (型染め) – a traditional Japanese technique of applying patterns to fabrics, similar to batik. It is based on the use of katagami templates and the rice paste, which prevents the penetration of a dye during dying. Katagami, produced from the hand-made washi paper reinforced with lacquer and the kakishibu juice (the persimmon fruit) allows obtaining intricate patterns on a large surface of a fabric. One of the regions that are famous for this technique is Hamamatsu, close to the Mount Fuji.
Aizome (藍染め) – a Japanese name of the technique of dying fabrics in indigo – a natural dye of plant origin, which gives beautiful shades of blue and navy blue. The dye is produced in a long and time-consuming process of fermentation, which requires a lot of patience and several years of experience. This technique was spread among the population of towns and villages in the Edo period, because a complicated code regarding clothing imposed a series of rules, including the ban on wearing silk or colors reserved only for shoguns and aristocracy. Thanks to aizome, also lower classes could wear something fashionable and nowadays aizome regains popularity among artists and individuals who want to stand out from the crowd thanks to unique designs.