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.
About the Funzoe Fabric Ojami Collection
Our collaboration with Izutsu Textiles created a 100% silk collection that is inspired by the funzoe pattern of patchwork and the similarly woven brocades that were developed by the historic weaving houses of Kyoto over the centuries. Our team chose to start the textile prototyping process with funzoe because we thought that the final result would look contemporary, chic and maybe trendy to Westerners, even though the pattern itself has been a part of Japanese textile culture for more than a thousand years. We consulted some friends in Europe that work in fashion houses and developed the first variations; Monotone Psychedelic and Metallic, which met with rave reviews.
About Izutsu Textiles
Izutsu Textiles has been in business since 1705. Izutsu has been making and selling finely woven silk brocade for Buddhist priest robes, temple tapestries, traditional court costume and so on for more than 300 years. Our ‘Daikonya’ weaving workshop is located in the heart of Nishijin, Kyoto’s historic weaving district. Here we still weave traditional brocade, mainly for the major Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines throughout the country. We use a mix of traditional and modern weaving techniques to create the finest brocades possible. We also research and re-develop lost techniques used in centuries past to recreate authentic textiles not seen in our time.
More About Funzoe: Funzoe (糞掃衣、ふんぞうえ) is a traditional Japanese fabric pattern that has been popular with Buddhist priests in Japan for more than a millennium — and it looks like contemporary trendy camouflage fabric patterns. What we think of as military camouflage patterns developed in the 19th century due to increasingly accurate and long-range firearms. So, while funzoe wasn’t developed to hide soldiers, rather for frugal and modest Buddhist priests and monks to repair their clothing — we can think of funzoe as the world’s oldest ‘camouflage’ textile pattern!
See the Pieces in the Funzoe Fabric Ojami Collection
Scroll down to see Monotone, Psychedelic, Metallic and Cheer.