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YAMAMURA BLUE

Corporate Profile

YAMAMURA BLUE

Since the establishment of the Kurume Kasuri Studio in 1882 by my great grandfather, it was inherited by us, the Yamamura family. Kurume is a large production area for kasuri. The unique manufacturing method of weaving wraps and woofs and then expressing various weaving patterns, called the “Kurume kasuri” is widely known in Japan. Kasuri is widely used for daily wears of common people. In 1936, my great-grand father independently started a business as a family branch. My father took over it and I, “TAKESHI YAMAMURA” am the fourth-generation owner. Even now, we haven’t changed the manufacturing method which has been passed down to us for generations. We use only genuine 100% indigo grown in Japan for a base color of textiles, though chemical dyes are broadly accepted, and preserved the tradition while being very particular about genuineness at the same time. However, the designs of the fabrics are the 4th TAKESHI YAMAMURA’s original. Delicate and bold designs with thoroughly managed color is the symbol of “YAMAMURA BLUE”

Message

Our studio’s motto is “100 years quality”. We have intended to make designs fit with the times, while keeping up the tradition of producing high quality textile. To inherit a tradition is the same as preserving Japanese culture. With the changes in times, peoples’ values and life style have also changed significantly. Therefore, with the flow of times, it is important not only to inherit the tradition but also to be flexible with the changes. Traditional crafts need to continuous evolution. In my case, I depict it through my designs, radically controlling the blue color of indigo dye. This is the YAMAMURA BLUE brand. Until now, we have received numerous accolades and awards in Japan. From now on, we aim to provide YAMAMURA BLUE quality to people not only in Japan but also all over the world and open up a new possibility together.

4th owner TAKESHI YAMAMURA
4th owner TAKESHI YAMAMURA

Product Introduction

TEXTILE / IKAT

TEXTILE / IKAT
TEXTILE / IKAT
TEXTILE / IKAT

YAMAMURA BLUE / IKAT

The ultimate JAPANESE IKAT woven with over 200 years of tradition
Dyed using only 100% indigo grown in Japan / The longer you use, the softer the textile becomes. / All hand woven / All hand woven / Depending on usage, keeps up with 100 years quality. / Since the color is dyed to the core of the thread, the fabric will not whiten even if it fades or rubs.

Size / Lot

Size: 1 roll: width 370mm(14.567 inches) x length1200 mm(47.244 inches) 
Lot: Sell by the roll

Customers (by industry) and suitable for

Apparel makers, Fashion brands, Furniture makers etc

*Many other fabrics available besides the ones illustrated above
*If you wish to have the same pattern multiple times, about 3 weeks time is needed for production of each roll.
*Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to order your original design. A production time depends on it.

3 charms of YAMAMURA BLUE.

3 charms of YAMAMURA BLUE.
3 charms of YAMAMURA BLUE.
3 charms of YAMAMURA BLUE.

Indigo blue vividness.
The secret of the “YAMAMURA BLUE” beauty is the striking vividness of Indigo blue. Indigo blue creates diverse colors from the near black of navy blue to a blue as light as the sky. The deepness and vividness are never created by chemicals or one-time dying. The Indigo solution for dye ink is extracted from natural Japanese Indigo by fermentation in 1.2m deep pots with carbohydrate such as Japanese sake. The temperature is carefully maintained at 22-23℃. Craftsman at Takeshi Yamamuraʼ s studio manage the Indigo solution by hand to regulate fermentation. Indigo dying is time-consuming work requiring great effort. Threads are soaked with the Indigo solution in the special pot, then squeezed and beaten to expose them to the air. Indigo blue is made for the first time when threads are exposed to air. This dying process is conducted repeatedly, the number of dying cycles determines the depth of the tint. More than 60 cycles are necessary to make the darkest blues.

Lively geometric pattern.
Blue gradation and acrobatic geometric patterns are representative of “YAMAMURA BLUE”. Geometric patterns in the motif of the universe, the earth and nature express lively motion and even express change by the gradation. Detailed and difficult work such as calculating dying accents and even the color of lengthwise and crosswise threads are utilized. The makers adjust threads for blurred color to materialize the expression. This master craftsmanship is unique to Takeshi Yamamura. This makes it possible to express traditional designs, and even modern designs, corresponding to clothes and decor.

Quality guaranteed for 100 years.
“YAMAMURA BLUE” develops characteristics and color when it is used, like high quality leather. Kasuri is strong because it was developed to be used as cloth for common people. “YAMAMURA BLUE” is woven very carefully with fastened threads, which makes strong and tight cloth. Threads are dyed to the core in order to create the depth of color of Indigo blue, which increases color development and white color purity, and also makes the cloth soft. Far from deterioration with age, “YAMAMURA BLUE” increase its charm with the frequency of its use. Cloths can be passed down to grandchildren if properly cared for. It is a true textile of 100 year quality.

YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.

Indigo blue coloring with modern and simple design, soft to the touch suits several items such as clothes, Japanese kimono, décor, and accessories.

YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.
YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.
YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.
YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.
YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.
YAMAMURA BLUE makes living comfortable.

Kurume Kasuri, the origin of “YAMAMURA BLUE”.

“Kurume Kasuri” is the yarn dyed fabric woven with indigo dyed white threads tied with cotton threads. “Kurume Kasuri” was invented by Den Inoue in Kurume around 1800. This technique was designated as a n important intangible cultural asset in 1957, a traditional crafts credited by Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1976. “Kurume K asuri” has 30 processes from the design to the completion and takes 3-4 months to finish. “YAMAMURA BLUE” takes an impressive amount of work because of the Indigo dying and hand weaving. It takes about 2 weeks to ferment the Indigo solution and dye fabrics multiple times. Mat ured techniques and experience is necessary for hand weaving. As of now, there are 26 studios still using Kasuri processes like Takeshi Yamamura, but only a few studios using natural Indigo in Fukuoka prefecture. “Aizome Kasuri Koubou” is the only studio which can weave complicated 3D shape designs by using gradation.

YAMAMURA BLUE
Company name Aizome Kasuri Koubou, Takeshi Yamamura (YAMAMURA BLUE)
Representative TAKESHI YAMAMURA
Address Hirokawa-cho Yame-gun Fukuoka
Founded 1892
Established 1936
Number of Employees 3
Business operations Manufacture and sales of textures
Awards history Bronze prize of The Asahi Shimbun Company at West Art Crafts Exhibition (1994).
Silver prize of The Asahi Shimbun Company at West Art Crafts Exhibition (1996).
Prize at Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (1999 ~ 2009).
NHK chairman's award at Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (2009).
Continuous prize at Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (2011 ~ 2013, 2015~ 2018).
Membership of The holders of Important Intangible Cultural Property.
Membership of Japan Traditional Art Crafts.
Desired countries of transactions Europe and America, Asia, Middle East (Exception Countries present)
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