Who we are
The founder, Hirota Kanzo.
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Office building is a traditional "machiya" architecture
Almost unchanged over 100 years
Hirotatsumugi was founded in 1946, as a manufacturing wholesaler of Yuki tsumugi. In the heyday, we dealt with about 5000 tan of Yuki tsumugi annually, while sticking to traditional techniques (handspun silk, back-tension loom, and hand-tying ikat), produced novel patterns on Yuki tsumugi.
In more recent years, including Yuki tsumugi and Oshima tsumugi, we are covering almost all of woven textiles in Japan, collect and wholesale handcraft folk art textiles of tsumugi and kasuri across the Japanese island. Also, we produce our original products working together with local manufactures. Our main clients have been kimono retail stores across Japan.
Our domestic business model
There are numerous beautiful traditional weavings in Japan. Nevertheless, because of the lifestyle change and population decline, the domestic kimono market is largely shrinking. If it could not be maintained as the industry, the next successors would not be found and then sounds of a loom would be stopped.
So far traditional handcraft textiles have only been traded for the limited Japan’s kimono market. We aim to open the market for overseas regardless of kimono and seek for other possibilities to reinvigorate local weaving regions. For Western or ethnic clothing, interiors or accessories, we would like to hear various requests.
- Front facade of company building
- Entrance with shore curtain
- Entrance hall
- Tatami room, the first floor
- Tea room
- View from the tea room
- The washbasin (Tsukubai)
- Big tatami room, the second floor
- Tatami room, the second floor
- Drawing room, the second floor
- Kimono exhibition 1
- Kimono exhibition 2
- Kimono exhibition 3
- Kimono exhibition 4
- Kimono exhibition 5
- Exterior of Kura (storehouse)
- Inside of kura
- Chronological sample books
Sample books of Yuki-tsumugi
from the early Showa period
|COMPANY NAME||Hirotatsumugi Co. Ltd|
|PRESIDENT & CEO||Shuzo Hirota|
|BUSINESS SEGMENT||Manufacturing wholesaler of kimono fabrics|
301 Higashitoin-dori Bukkoji agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8095
TEL (+81)75-351-1414 FAX: (+81)75 351 2494
MAIL email@example.com TOKYO OFFICE 902 Panteon Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Mae 2-5-8 Nihonbashi
Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
|PRODUCTS||Yuki-tsumugi, Oshima-tsumugi and various traditional craft textiles all over Japan|
|MAIN CLIENT||Kimono retail stores, department stores all over Japan|
3 mins walk from Shijyo ST on the Karasuma Subway line, Exit 19. / 1 mins walk from Karasuma ST on the Hankyu Kyoto line, Exit 5.
- From KYOTO STATION
- Train: about 10 mins.
- From OSAKA STATION
- Train : about 45 mins.
- From TOKYO STATION
- Train (with Shinkansen): about 2 hours and 20 mins.
- From KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Limousine bus (to Shijo Karasuma): about 1 hour and 50 mins.
Train: about 1 hour and 40 mins.
Our company building
Our company building is a traditional wooden townhouse with more than a 100 year history, located in Kyoto. It is one of largest traditional townhouses in Kyoto and remains the atmosphere of merchant house from old days.
By taking advantage of its friendly location, we open our space as rental venue and cultural experience facility.
- The exhibition event at the Gion Festival
- Ikebana experience class
- Tea ceremony experience
- Private photo session
- Pottery exhibition event
- Tea space with garden view
- 130m² big tatami hall
- Coffered tatami room
- Second floor Tatami room with garden view
For retailers, designers, or corporate buyers...
We can ship overseas. Hopefully you once visit our company (Kyoto or Tokyo) to see yourself our products. Recommend you to visit our monthly exhibition held at Kyoto.Read more
we have rich connections and partnerships with local weaving factories and artisans, as well as various traditional kimono-involved companies. We can be a point of contact for connecting you with where you are interested in. So feel free to consult with us.Contact us
The textiles we collects are made for kimono cloth, or “tanmono”. The basic size of a tanmono is around 12,5m×38cm. But also, we can manufacture ordered textiles, adjusting design and size according to your request.About size
For individuals and non corporate
As we are a wholesaler, basically we do not have B to C business.
Yet, depending on the usage or the background of purchasing our products, we might be able to deal with you.
So, please feel free to contact us.