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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts / TIE-DYE

Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. This time her destination was Arimatsu, Aichi prefecture. She went to a place where the influence of the Edo era lingers, and she encountered beautiful shibori fabric born of expert hands.

With a certified traditional artisan in the Tatsumaki (tornado) shibori style.
Textile for kimono using the Hinode (sunrise) shibori technique.
Certified traditional artisan Ms. Kiyoko Matsuoka, inheritor of the technique known as Tatsumaki (tornado) Shibori, joined us to demonstrate the skill that only she performs.

The only tool she employs is a 60 year-old v-shaped base for tying. She places the textile over the base and mists it. She then uses thumbs and forefingers to form the pleats, and she ties it with string to fix it in place.

“There’s no sketch or guide. I just visualize an image and fold the pleats with my fingers by intuition,” says Ms. Matsuoka. I hear only the crisp sound of activity as she makes creases by rubbing her thumbs over the densely folded textile. I glance at her thumbs and they appear amazingly smooth!
Viewing old kimono in the antique popular painting style of ukiyo-e, displaying Arimatsu Shibori, shopkeeper KASHIYUKA exclaimed “The many patterns are far bolder than we see today… and fantastic!”
“Not sure when it happened, but I can’t see fingerprints on them anymore,” she says with a laugh. “Maybe it’s not a laughing matter, but I found that if I do this while I’m frustrated or upset, the result comes out looking too severe. I believe maintaining a light, fun frame of mind while doing the work brings out a lovely, gentle shibori pattern.”
Edo-era yukata, a casual kimono.
The time to complete one tan, a unit of counting for articles of kimono cloth, which includes dying, unfurling and finishing the textile, may take as long as a year. The result is exceptionally beautiful and delicate! The indigo pieces are extraordinarily modern, and the less formal homongi kimono, in tones of pale yellow and pink, are so magnificent I can’t suppress a sigh. All at once a thought occurred to me. I’d like to see this beautiful shibori become something easily accessible to the next generation, to have such things as bedsheets in white or gray linen with white shibori patterns, or say, shibori socks. Inspired by this notion, I decided on a purchase of a tenugui in a traditional pattern. It’s a mere first casual step in my enjoyment of this gorgeous shibori style.

Arimatsu Shibori Tenugui by Takeda Kahei Shoten

Left/ Tenugui using the Tegumo Shibori technique, created by the founder of the technique, Mr. Shokuro Takeda. ¥1,800 Right/ Shibori handkerchief. ¥700 each. ●Takeda Kahei Shoten/1802 Arimatsu, Midori-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi TEL 052 623 2511。


Yuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of the electro-pop group Perfume. Their best-of album, Perfume The Best “P Cubed,” is available now. They’ll set off on their “Perfume 8th Tour 2020 ‘P Cubed’ in Dome” in February 2020. Her latest interest is lighting devices from the Meiji and Taisho eras, over a century ago. www.perfume-web.jp