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 around she visited Nishikatsura in Yamanashi prefecture, known for its long history of textile production. It’s where she encountered handcrafted umbrellas of Jacquard-woven fabric.
This time around I visited Makita Shōten in Nishikatsura, Yamanashi prefecture. The company weaves textiles, the threads of which are dyed using water from the melted snowcap of Mount Fuji. And it makes every umbrella by hand. Established at the end of the Edo era [1603–1868] as a wholesaler of silk fabrics and weaver of linings for mens’ formal, kimono-topping haori coats, as demand for Western-style clothing rose it turned its focus to weaving fabric for the canopies of umbrellas.