Introduction of Japanese fabric production areas. (Bingo-Fushiori)
I will introduce the production areas where the fabrics we sell are made over a three-part series.
In this issue, I will discuss our main product, Bingo-Fushiori.
Bingo Province was an old Japanese province comprising what is today the eastern part of the Hiroshima Prefecture and the western part of the Okayama Prefecture.
Overlooking the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, the area is considered to be one of the most scenic regions in Japan.
Bingo-Fushiori is a new derivative brand of Bingo-Kasuri, one of the three best Japanese Kasuri brands (indigo fabric with a splashed pattern). It is also designated as one of seven traditional crafts by the Hiroshima Prefecture. Our collection of Bingo-Fushiori has simple patterns and has a pleasant texture that is suitable for clothes and bed linens.
The production of Bingo-Fushiori starts with the dying of boiled cotton thread. Bingo-Fushiori uses traditional dye such as indigo, persimmon juice and Indian ink. To let colors seep into the thread, threads are dried slowly in the natural sunlight. This dyeing and drying process requires sunshine. Textile artists pay close attention to the weather and often have to wait for the optimal drying conditions.
Today there are only two textile manufacturers that produce Bingo-Fushiori. Morita Orimono creates textiles with simple patterns made with natural dye. Kittaka Brothers ambitiously develop colorful and non-traditional patterns.
Established in 1963.
Morita’s motto is “Only way to survive is to continue doing labor-intensive work.” He dyes all the threads carefully using natural dye. His hard working ethic is reflected in his beautiful rustic textiles .
Kittaka Brothers & Co.
Established in 1920.
Mr Kittaka, the fifth generation textile artist, changes the way he twists the thread of each fabric to achieve a certain texture. He constantly develops more modern patterns to be used in western-style clothing. His fresh approach is reflected in his neo-traditional collection of textiles.
Bingo-Fushiori has fluffy neps created during the weaving process. These neps give a soft and warm touch like hand woven cotton, and the cloth becomes even softer with use. Because of its soft and fluffy texture, we recommend Bingo-Fushiori to be used for clothing in direct contact with the skin, such as shirts and pants. It is also great for any upholstery projects.