Crafted textile store's blog
- Introduction of our regular exhibition
We hold our regular exhibitions at the beginning of every months on our machiya. At the exhibitions, seasonal and newly-collected textiles are beautifully displayed with traditional style.
Our costumers are kimono retail stores across Japan, and on every months during the two days of the exhibition about 40 Japanese kimono retailers are coming. Traditionally, on this Kyoto’s kimono business world, almost all of kimono textile wholesalers hold their exhibition at the beginning of every months (i.e. the industry’s convention), and in accordance with that, across-the-countries’ kimono retailers are coming to Kyoto to visit various types of kimono wholesalers and purchase their tanmono(kimono textile) stocks.
Such exhibitions have been very exclusive and closed, as general costumers cannot come in. So, even Japanese people do not know about it. It can be said that the kimono wholesaling has been kept from the old days and constructed as a traditional form.
So I think it is very rare opportunity for foreigners (even for ordinary Japanese) to know about the exhibition. Pictures below is our past exhibitions.
This is the entrance and tanmonos are displayed with ikebana on the background of a gold folding screen. ikebanas are arranged by an ikenobo ikebana master, the wife of the president of our company.
The entrance’s display.
The second floor’s large tatami hall. Numerous different types of tsumugi, yarn-dyed kimono textiles collected from artisans across Japan. The arrangements or displayed products are every time different. The table surrounded by sofa is the business negotiation space.
The textiles, or tanmono displayed are for-summer kimono textiles, including hemp, hard twist silk, or bast-fiber fabrics.
The second floor’s smaller tatami hall. Taking advantage of tokonomatt(eleveated aclove) along with a kakejiku(wall scroll) and an ikebana, for displaying tanmonos.
Two types of traditional displaying tools, ikou(red one) and shumoku are used.
Bingata dyed textiles from the Okinawa island are displayed on the section.
Those pictures introduced are just a fraction of our exhibitions. Please feel free to let us know if you are interested in. This is basically B to B exhibition, and had been private and closed space. But, we would like to welcome to as much as possible anyone who are interested in our exhibition or traditional Japanese crafted textiles.