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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Today the International Business Development Team (Nanako and Michael) here at Takaokaya visited our itajime shibori dye artisan’s workshop in Kyoto. Nagakawa-san is the second generation in his family to be a shibori dye artisan, starting at age 18, he now has more than 50 years of experience in this unusual shaped-resist dye technique in […]
Today the International Business Development Team (Nanako and Michael) here at Takaokaya visited our weaving partner in Nishijin, Kyoto’s historic weaving district. This traditional workshop weaves the unique silk for our one-of-a-kind Nishijin Silk Ojami Cushion Collection, featured in this recent ‘Kutsurogi’ blog article.
It looks like camouflage to us — but it isn’t! What is ‘funzoe’? While we are just in the prototyping stage, we just wanted to let you know about a new collection that we are developing with Izutsu, a Kyoto textile house with 310 years of experience in the finest Japanese brocades — used for Buddhist […]