Hikizome (lit. ‘pull dye’) is a traditional Japanese dye technique in which fabric is stretched tight, water is applied and then dye is applied by hand with a brush. Painting the dye into the wet fabric causes it to blur. This technique can also be known as bokashizame, (lit. ‘blur dye’).
Horizontally, the fabric is stretched and pulled tight between the two ends of the dye workshop. This is about 15 meters in length. The fabric width is between 50 and 100 cm. Width-wise it is spread tight with narrow bamboo sticks called ’shinshi’ in Japanese.
At Takaokaya, we collaborate with a number of traditional Kyoto dye artisans including Nishimura-san who specializes in Hikizome exclusively. Nishimura-san is the 4th generation proprietor of his century old family business. Currently the workshop is located in the Muromachi neighborhood which is the traditional dyeing district of Kyoto. However, Nishimura-san’s ancestors started out further up north in the Ogawa area (lit ‘little stream’). This area was famed for it’s fresh, clean water, therefore the Schools of Japanese Tea Ceremony — Wikipedia article — Urasenke, Omotosenke and Mushakojisenke can still be found here.
Surely Nishimura-san’s ancestors were drawn to this neighborhood due to the quality, fresh flowing water which is needed in large quantity for these dyeing arts.
We are adding more colors to our popular Nishijin Silk Ojami Cushion Collection!!
A custom-made authentic Kyoto souvenir that can be a part of your everyday life after you return home. Recall your Kyoto travel memories while relaxing with our handcrafted cushions made of vintage kimono fabric that you chose!
Copenhagen based Danish-Japanese fashion designer Mika Ishii explores Kyoto’s Toji Temple antiques market and selects some vintage kimono fabric that Takaokaya makes Mika’s unique souvenir collection of zabuton cushions with.
Ojami cushions made with the world’s first camouflage textile pattern!
Takaokaya and Izutsu Textiles collaborated to create a new collection that we call Funzoe Brocade Ojami Cushion Collection. Funzoe is a traditional and historic Japanese priest robe pattern. Buddhist Master, Kukai is known to have worn this pattern as his heavily patched and repaired robe some 1,200 years ago! This collection was unveiled in Paris at Maison et Objet, 2015.
Ojami cushions made with the treasured dye technique of the 1,200 year old imperial capital — Kyo-Yuzen!
Takaokaya and Pagong collaborated to create a new collection that we call Kyo-Yuzen Dye Ojami Zabuton Cushion Collection. Kyo-Yuzen is a dyeing technique that was invented in Kyoto by Miyazaki Yuzen-sai around 1700. Miyazaki’s technique transformed yuzen dyeing into something that could create the full spectrum of artistic expression on fabric — from the thinnest, sharpest lines to blurred motifs à la brush and ink and watercolour painting — and everything in between. Period literature says that once Kyo-Yuzen was invented, 20 other dyeing techniques went extinct. The technique spread throughout the land, but it was in Kyoto that it was developed to the pinnacle of perfection over the following centuries. This collection was unveiled in Paris at Maison et Objet, 2015.
Takaokaya and Swiss fabric brand, Jakob Schlaepfer collaborate to create a new collection that we call Fantasy Fabric Ojami Cushion Collection. This truly fantastic collection was unveiled in Paris at Maison et Objet, 2015.
We are in the midst of Maison et Objet 2015 in Paris and want to thank everyone for visiting our booth. If you aren’t visiting the fair this year, here are a few photos of our booth and new Ojami cushions.
At Maison et Objet 2014, Takaokaya introduced our Nishijin Silk Collection of Ojami cushions to a very favorable reception. This year, we will introduce three new remarkable collections. Here is a sneak peek.