About This Site
Japan Kokura Stripe is a website related to cultural contents for expanding the stripe pattern of SHIMA-SHIMA.
HULS is a creative firm based in Tokyo and Singapore. Utilizing a creative business approach and products planning, we support the overseas expansion of various Japanese crafts such as pottery, wood and fabric.
HULS also runs the bilingual Japanese crafts website “KOGEI STANDARD".
SHIMA-SHIMA is the brand name for textiles woven in the Kokura–ori tradition. The collection is designed by textile artist Noriko Tsuiki, who specializes in fabric dyeing and weaving. SHIMA-SHIMA is woven on a wide-format machine loom, using a technique that is traditional to hand-weaving. The fabric is thick and strong, with a smooth texture, and is characterized by beautiful vertical stripes.
SHIMA-SHIMA recreates traditional Kokura-ori fabrics, with new designs and colors that are suitable for current trends in design.
Kokura-ori was a unique textile that was produced at the beginning of the 17th century by the feudal clan of Kokura area in southern Japan. The cotton cloth, woven in a vertical stripe pattern, was prized throughout Japan to make the hakama (a long pleated skirt worn over the kimono) and the obi (a broad sash for the kimono).
Although the fabric is thick and strong, it has a soft and smooth texture. The use of many warp threads creates a unique and delicate gradation of colors, creating an intense three-dimensional effect. About 80 years ago, the Kokura-ori textile had ceased to be produced, but in 1984 Noriko Tsuiki succeeded in reviving this beautiful fabric.
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