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.
More About Kyo-Yuzen Dye Ojami Collection
Our collaboration with Pagong created a new collection that we call Kyo-Yuzen Dye Ojami Zabuton Cushion Collection — or simply Yuzen Ojami Collection. The collection features Pagong’s typically bold and colorful patterns dyed in Kyoto by Pagong’s yuzen dye artisan team on heavy traditional Japanese ‘asamen’ (麻綿) fabric. Asamen is a traditional Japanese fabric that blends natural linen hemp and cotton fiber. This fabric is artisan woven in Japan — in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, a leading producer of asamen and canvas. Japanese love the crispness and tension of this fabric. It’s pleasantly irregular and natural texture has a robust and sturdy feel. We think this fabric perfectly accentuates Pagong’s bold motifs and color palette.
Pagong has been dyeing kimono fabric for nearly a century in the traditional Kyo-yuzen method. Pagong’s patterns are based on their historic collection of kimono motifs which were largely developed during the Taisho period (1912-26). Taisho was a time of great creative productivity for Japan. While there was great Western influence, the creative production of this unique era was still authentically Japanese. Pagong’s patterns are bold, vibrant, colorful and cheerful and said to make people feel ‘genki’ — or, happy and healthy in Japanese.
Pagong’s parent company, Kamedatomi Co, Ltd, was founded the same year as Takaokaya: 1919. We are actually located on the same street in Kyoto, Gojo Dori.
Pagong is a clothing brand from Kyoto that combines Western modernity with Japanese tradition. We make contemporary everyday fashion handcrafted with Kyoto’s centuries old yuzen dyeing tradition. Our company dyed fabric for kimono for more than 80 years. In 2002 we ceased production of kimono fabric and focused our energy and passion on creating a branded line of modern casual, Western-style clothing – with our original catalog of kimono fabric patterns. Our brand is called Pagong and we are truly a one of a kind fashion brand and company in the world.
Our customers tell us that they feel more cheerful and vibrant when they wear our unique patterned clothing.
We have three stores in Kyoto, Japan and two stores overseas in Singapore and Bangkok. We hope that you will visit our stores and experience our fashion first hand.
See the Pieces in the Kyo-Yuzen Dye Ojami Collection
Scroll down to see Morning Glory and Chrysanthemum.