Shimogawa Orimono is a textile company, which produces "Kurume Kasuri", the traditional ikat weaving. It locates in Yame-city, Fukuoka prefecture. They are a small company, but they receive almost everyday foreign visitors, who want to see the factory and learn how they make. They are active for collaboration projects with foreign designers.
About the products
Kurume is traditionally the area of ikat weaving. The local business was making the textile for kimono. Therefore their textile has the narrow width, which was the common size for kimono. For our recent lifestyle, people stopped wearing kimono, and the business of textile in Kurume has shrunk. But, because of the internet, their textiles attract people worldwide.