Kakishibu dyeing has a long history and is a traditional dyeing technique that has been handed down from our distinguished predecessors in the Heian period.
Kakishibu dyeing has been used for a wide range of products, such as fishermen’s nets, umbrellas, and paints for wood, because of its “high colorfastness (the degree to which colors fade or transfer due to washing or friction),” “low risk of color transfer,” and “insect, odor, and waterproofing effects. It has been used for fishing nets, umbrellas, wood paints, and many other items.
Kakishibu, which was used in ancient times as a Chinese herbal medicine, is said to have high sterilizing and deodorizing effects, and has recently become a topic of conversation as many reports in the media have shown that it improves symptoms.
One of the top five artisans in Japan with advanced skills and sensitivity painstakingly dyes each and every piece.
Using “Yazukaki-no-Megumi” persimmon tannin solution extracted from Saijo persimmons produced in Yatsu-cho, one of the top five dyeing artisans in Japan, each piece of fabric is painstakingly dyed by one of Japan’s top five dyeing artisans.
The “Hoshi Tsuki Yoru” and “Tenmoku Pattern” series are pure Tottori-made products, planned, designed, and sewn in-house.
Our original technique allows us to dye colors that are difficult to achieve with persimmon tannin dyeing, achieving rich colors that cannot be found anywhere else.
In an age when time and effort are spared, the technique of hand-dyeing by brush, which consists of more than two dozen processes, is used. The exquisite balance of color mixing, and the degree of squeezing and drying are all produced by skilled dyeing artisans who have developed their skills through years of experience and research, with washing, hand-dyeing, and steaming all done by hand.
Since dyeing and sun-drying are repeated many times, the dyeing process and texture change depending on the weather, temperature, humidity, and other natural conditions of the day. No two pieces are exactly alike, making them unique, one-of-a-kind products.
As time goes by, the color deepens as it comes into contact with the air. Since the way the color changes depends on the environment, you can enjoy your own unique persimmon tannin dyeing. In addition, the kakishibu dyeing process allows the kakishibu to penetrate deep into the fibers, making the fabric taut and supple as it is worn repeatedly. As the garment is worn repeatedly, it becomes more supple and conforms to the body, a change that can be enjoyed.
While preserving tradition, we are constantly researching and seeking out new things to create fresh works.
An encounter with kakishibu dyeing is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please feel the power of “color” with life.