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ABOUT US

HIROTA TSUMUGI
Who we are

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    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

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Office building today: A traditional Japanese townhouse, located in Kyoto.

Our aim

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.

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Gallery

  • Front facade of company building
    Front facade of company building
  • A shop curtain and entrance
    Entrance with shore curtain
  • Entrance hall
    Entrance hall
  • Tatami room, the first floor
    Tatami room, the first floor
  • Courtyard
    Courtyard
  • Tea room
    Tea room
  • View from the tea room
    View from the tea room
  • A washbasin (Tsukubai)
    The washbasin (Tsukubai)
  • Big tatami room, the second floor
    Big tatami room, the second floor
  • Tatami room, the second floor
    Tatami room, the second floor
  • Drawing room, the second floor
    Drawing room, the second floor
  • Kimono exhibition 1
    Kimono exhibition 1
  • Kimono exhibition 2
    Kimono exhibition 2
  • Kimono exhibition 3
    Kimono exhibition 3
  • Kimono exhibition 4
    Kimono exhibition 4
  • Kimono exhibition 5
    Kimono exhibition 5
  • Exterior of Kura (storehouse)
    Exterior of Kura (storehouse)
  • Inside of kura
    Inside of kura
  • Sample books of Yuki-tsumugi
from the early Showa period
    Chronological sample books
  • Chronological sample books
    Sample books of Yuki-tsumugi
    from the early Showa period

Campany Profile

COMPANY NAME Hirotatsumugi Co. Ltd
PRESIDENT & CEO Shuzo Hirota
BUSINESS SEGMENT Manufacturing wholesaler of kimono fabrics
ESTABLISHED 1946
LOCATION HEAD OFFICE 301 Higashitoin-dori Bukkoji agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8095
TEL (+81)75-351-1414 FAX: (+81)75 351 2494
MAIL contact@hirotatsumugi.jp 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

Access

Head office

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.

Google Maps

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

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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
    The exhibition event at the Gion Festival
  • Ikebana experience class
    Ikebana experience class
  • Tea ceremony experience
    Tea ceremony experience
  • Private photo session
    Private photo session
  • Pottery exhibition event
    Pottery exhibition event
  • Tea space with garden view
    Tea space with garden view
  • A 130m² big tatami hall
    130m² big tatami hall
  • Coffered tatami room
    Coffered tatami room
  • Second floor Tatami room with garden view
    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.

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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.

Contact us