We work in harmony with Kyoto nature. We have developed a unique product from Kyoto and it heals your mind and body. Our own local materials and tradition techniques are innovated and it is born a new product. We are producing the innovated product in Kyoto. Our mission is the protection of forests ,to help local business activities and continue to create the job leads to the social welfare. Shall we share the great future with us and our products?
In 1688,Takeya Matashiro established a Bamboo shop under the name of TAKEMATA. By constantly dedicating ourselves to fulfilling customer wishes to the fullest extent possible and continually handing down traditional techniques for more than 300 years. We have pursued the design, production and installation of everything from daily-use implements and accessories to bamboo garden fences. Today, we make full use of Kyo-meichiku(Genuine Kyoto Bamboo)as well as innovative approaches combined with techniques passed down from TAKEMATA artisans of past generations as we propose and create bamboo products designed to harmonize with contemporary lifestyles.
OKAJIMA CO., LTD was established in Kyoto in 1855, specialising in fabric dyeing.
The company endeavours to preserve the culture and art of yuzen dyeing by reproducing its original haura (kimono coat lining) designs onto a variety of fashion items. OKAJIMA also aspires to produce novel items by incorporating different methods, materials and styles in Japan and overseas.
Tree sap which is tapped from the lacquer tree, called urushi in Japanese, has been utilized as natural paint for a variety of purposes in Japan as early as 5000 B.C., during the Jomon Period. Urushi, with the special characteristics of durability and a glossy finish, has been used for a wide variety of things such as the waterproof and decorative coatings for items ranging from dining ware to traditional buildings such as temples and shrines. This technique, which was developed over a long period of time, generated significant artifacts. Hyobodo is determined to bring urushi into the modern art world by utilizing traditional materials and techniques.
Nishijin Textile is Japanese traditional textile made in Kyoto. It’s pattern and technique has been improved and handed down from generation to generation for over 1200 years. Nishijin Textile manufacture, established over 150 years ago, has launched a new brand "KYOGO" to extend the possibility of Nishijin Textile. Our textiles which are made of gold and silver thread are weaved by precise calculation, showing a variety of appearances by light to add elegancy to the space. We make impressive interior fabrics which no one has ever seen by our solid technique and experience.
In 1915, Bunzaburo Katayama, the founder of our business, started the store which was specialized in manufacturing kimono with the “Kyo Kanoko Shibori” tie-dye decoration of simple yet refined beauty. Since then, our store has privileged to have had experienced artisans in his employ whose techniques produced high quality kimono. From around 1990, we expanded the possibility of Shibori into contemporary fashion and modern interior design such as scarves and bags. Some of the noteworthy examples are “KYO SHIBORI” acrylic and fireproof POLYESTER fabrics.
We offer a unique Jacquard Fabric which represent modern times interior space by means of traditional fabric manufacturing technique of Kyoto Nishijin and superfine metal wire (mainly stainless steel wire).
Utilizing the attractiveness of the material such as its “metallic shine” and the “appearance that shifts according to different lightings”, please use this product which has a wide range of designs ranging from the classical textile patterns to the latest design art.
We manufacture our products in accordance with the desires and ideas of designers, art directors, architects, and business owners. Please let us know your requests.