UNIONMADE

Unionmade
Notebooks, 2013

We designed hand-dyed and woven Kurume Kasuri fabric covered notebooks for Union Made in San Francisco. These special edition notebooks were included in an exhibit showing how Kurume Kasuri fabric is made at the Shibuya Postalco shop.


UNIONMADE

Based in San Francisco, Unionmade is known for their outstanding selection of men's casual and fine clothing, shoes, new and used books, and men's grooming products. The name "Unionmade" was conceived around the notion of well-made and aesthetically classic goods. It also conveys what we they are about: collaborating, uniting and making things together.


Kurume Kasuri

200 years ago during the Edo period a 12 year old girl named Den Inoue noticed a white dot on her kimono fabric. Unravelling the threads to get a better look she realized that two of the crossing threads were not dyed, creating a white spot. After much experimenting she discovered that wrapping threads before dying them was a new way of making patterned fabric. This traditional Japanese technique, which spread all over the continent, all began with her small observation. Today there are still a number of fabric weavers continuing the traditional handmade process of Kurume Kasuri.

サンフランシスコのユニオンメイドのために久留米絣の表紙のノートをデザインしました。ポスタルコショップにて久留米絣の作り方とその道具を展示しました。


ユニオンメイド

メンズ・カジュアル、選びぬかれた衣服、、古書や新刊本、男性用グルーミング用品・・・。サンフランシスコを拠点とするユニオンメイドは、上質で、クラシカルな美しさの代名となっています。


久留米絣

そもそものきっかけは思いがけないことでした。江戸時代、井上伝という十二歳の少女が、着古した着物に白い斑点が出来ているのに気がつき、生地をほぐしてみると…、経(たて)糸と緯(よこ)糸に染料が抜けたところがあって、それが白い斑点になっていたのです。同じものを作れないかと知恵をしぼって、経糸と緯糸を糸でくくって染める方法を見つけました。日本の伝統工芸のひとつ、久留米絣がそんな小さな「気づき」から生まれたなんて!今でも小規模ながら、約三十軒の機屋さんが手仕事で作り続けています。


Movie:  ⒸGood Weaver

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