11 companies in ESPACE DENSAN - April and May 2017

Omi jôfu (Hemp-Ramie Textile)

Shiga-Ken Hemp-Ramie Textile Industrial Association

Fumiyo Tateishi (Traditional craftsman)

The region of Kotô in the prefecture of Shiga is known for the production of hemp since Muromachi period(1392-1573).Ômijôfu, hemp of quality, which is designated by the government of Japan as a traditional craftsmanship, is made up with two materials. One is calledkasuriwhich is dyed by hand with a specific technique. The other iskiburawoven from handmade yarn with specific sewing machine called jibata.Kasurihas delicate shades in color, whilekiburaremains unbleached natural hemp color. Both give fine expression of clothes made by hand. While keeping the traditional way, we adopt new technique and produce the hemp of Ômi of high quality in large amounts. Hemp is quick to go dry, so it can be clean used.

Tableware series “HIDASUKI”


Established in 2011, BIZEN WARE SHOP DAIKURA deals with and produces various Bizen Ware products in Okayama prefecture.
Bizen Ware (“Bizen-yaki”) belongs to one of the six oldest Japanese kilns, which has a long history of more than one thousand years. Each piece is made by hand, and pinewood is used to bake it up. No ceramic glaze is employed. Every product is a unique work of art, only made out of soil and fire.

BIZEN WARE SHOP DAIKURA proposes their ceramic creations in a contemporary spirit.



SAKAI TEXTILE INC. is a fabric manufacturer for kimono, established in 1933 in Shiozawa (Niigata prefecture). Its fabrics are handmade products that go through more than 30 manufacturing processes from degumming to weaving in the company’s own factory. It has an excellent reputation for its “kasuri”  technique, the dying process made by hand.

Craftsmen’s works made of 100% silk are real art pieces.

Centerpieces “Yaburegoushi” & “Bokashi”


Watabun has continued its century-old business in Kyoto's Nishijin district (famous for producing silk textile), dedicating itself to the manufacture of silk kimono sash, “obi”, with the ancestral high-quality weaving technique “Nishijin-ori” which uses gold and silver threads.

This technique dates back to the 15th century in Kyoto for the creation of patterns and models with dyed threads destinated to kimono. These splendid textiles can be last a whole life.

Entrusted with the work of restoring “Noh” theater costumes by its remarkable expertise. WATABUN also proposes decorative home texitiles.

Bracelets “Hanamusubi” & Mitsuyori-himo “kumihimonoiro”


SHOWENKUMIHIMO CO., LTD. is a factory, founded in 1948 in Uji, near the city of Kyoto. They create silk braid with the “kumihimo”, traditional technique of braiding, practiced since 1300 years. “Kumihimo” has remained mainly as a “obijime”, the thin silk braided cord which hold the knot of “obi” (belt for “kimono”).
SHOWENKUMIHIMO is the leading manufacturer who knew how to fusion tradition and today’s tendency. Their delicate and fashionable hand-made accessories are skilfully created by the craftsmen of Kyoto.

Hirado teapot series “Chrysanthemum” & “Sasanqua”


To those who enjoy tea and tea ware, HIRADO KOHSYO DANEMON KILN offers authentic “mikawachi-yaki” ceramic. Their sophisticated technique is widely known by its painting of white and cobalt called “sometsuke” and “gosu” .

Based in Nagasaki since 1955, HIRADO KOHSYO DANEMON KILN has been dedicating to the new techniques of production, in the respect of the traditional shapes and patterns of “mikawachi-yaki” that have been used for 400 years.

Makie accessories series “BISAI” & “HARIYA”


Since its establishment in 1981, URUSHI ART HARIYA offers jewellery with mother-of-pearl adorned by “maki-e” *, a lacquer craft technique that has been practiced in Yamanaka for over 200 years.

By their extremely delicate work, URUSHI ART HARIYA gives a life to exceptional jewellery, which provides to lacquer ware more contemporary possibilities. In the family-owned company, the father developed a range of jewellery for women, and in January 2017, he was given a grand award by the Japanese government for the excellence of his work; in 2010, the son has created a collection of refined and totally new style jewellery intending to decorate collars of men’s shirts.

*Lacquer craft made by drawing patterns with lacquer, onto which gold, silver, pewter, and coloured powders are sprinkled.

Casting iron kettle & tableware series


CHUSHIN KOBO CO., LTD., a pioneer of traditional casting iron workshop, was founded in 1997 by Hisanori Masuda. While the production of objects for tea ceremony goes back to 950 years in the region of Yamagata, the company proposes items that fit with modern lifestyle.

The outside of the teapot revives the traditional Japanese “sunahada” textured surface, while the inside consists of corrosion-resistant porcelain.

Copper Tile “ORII MARBLE” & Wall clock “time and space colorfultimes”


MOMENTUM FACTORY ORII is the only company in the world that develops colorful products made of copper and brass, by applying a traditional Japanese coloring technique to the thinly rolled sheets. In recent years, efforts have been poured into developing building components, interior and craft products.

Founded in 1950 in the city of Takaoka (Toyama prefecture) MOMENTUM FACTORY ORII also provides restoration of art objects and statues for public spaces, companies and bouddhist temples.

Floorstand & Tablestand “Mokumoku”


With tradition and techniques passed down, TANIGUCHI AOYA WASHI CO., LTD. never stops its challenges as a manufacture of “washi” Japanese traditional paper since almost one century in Tottori region. They focus on the theme of “washi to enrich our daily lives”.

Their technique for making three dimentional “washi” without sawing is a wonderful exemple. This unique innovative process in the world challenges the common sense; it increases the volume of paper with smooth and homogeneous texture, its soft curves illuminate space beatifully.

Powder brush with Makie on handle


Since its establishment in 1869, HIROSHIMA ARTIST BRUSH MFG. CO., LTD. has produced many different types of brushes. All our brushes are hand-made by well-trained artisans who have mastered traditional Japanese brush-making skills over a long period. Many people from all over the world have attested that our brushes are of the highest quality.

In 1881, HIROSHIMA ARTIST BRUSH obtained the official permission by the Japanese government for the production of calligraphy brush in Hiroshima region. As time goes on, the company diversified its product range into creation of brushes for make-up.