Dress in Shibori and Feel Shibori!
Try elaborate and artistic “Wearable Art.”
Shibori, a traditional Japanese tie-dye technique, creates a unique form and texture resulting in original fashion items - Discover and enjoy a one-of-a-kind item just for you.
Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten, opened in Kyoto in 1915, has focused on creating traditional Japanese tie-dye items. The first generation owner, Bunzaburo Katayama, became independent and entered into the business of manufacturing high-grade kimono fabric with Shibori tie-dye decorations, especially Kyo Kanoko Shibori (Kyoto style fawn pattern tie-dye). The business flourished by virtue of his ardent and hard work for developing and manufacturing kimono fabric with tie-dye.
Bunzaburo believed that kimono should not be too flamboyant but should exude a discreet beauty that enhances completely the grace of the wearer.
His creations had relatively few patterns to produce an extremely simple and chic appearance that came to appeal to the fashion sense of those days. It didn’t take long before Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten started to receive a high reputation as the specialist of Shibori tie-dye.
One of Bunzaburo’s mottos was “Don't let your guard down even after a victory,” meaning “Never be proud of your success.” In fact his success led him to work even harder and more modestly. His sincere attitude continues even today and is respectfully cherished by every staff member.
The Kyo Kanoko Shibori tie-dye technique has a long tradition and has been handed down in Kyoto without cessation for over 1,000 years by a number of craftsmen.
In 1991, Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten achieved a breakthrough by creating a totally new item, “Aimu” - a glass plate which allows a thin piece of Japanese indigo-dyed hemp fabric to be sandwiched in the middle. Aimu received a high evaluation for its sophisticated design. Thanks to this experience, we realized that the combination of totally different materials in one item could create further beauty.
Since then, Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten set off on a new endeavor of not trying to produce something that could be commercially popular, but instead focusing on creating items that we, the manufacturers, believe are beautiful and bring pleasure to our hearts without sticking to any tried and true common practice.
Sadly, Japanese traditional attire is hardly seen in our daily life any more today and both Kimono and handmade Shibori tie-dye might be regarded as a style of the past. However, rather than being deterred by this, we are instead encouraged to produce innovative items that only Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten, as a specialist of Shibori, can offer to the world.
“Tradition exists in innovations.” The third generation president, Kazuo Katayama strongly believed in these words.
While we continue to follow the conventional tradition of Shibori tie-dye technique for kimono fabric, Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten will never stop challenging to produce new items that fit the present lifestyle. We believe that Shibori tie-dye has limitless possibilities and would like the world to know of its beauty.
Shibori tie-dye’s concave-convex characteristics achieve unique and even sometimes daring designs and form a fusion of fashion and art - a brand-new “Wearable Art.”
Methodically continuing a concave-convex shape seems to be endless, which somewhat evokes the stylistic beauty of Japan. Our items are highly valued and appreciated not only in Japan but also around the world as some pieces have been introduced in the catalogue of Museum of Modern Art, New York and are sold in the gift shop of the Prado Museum in Spain.
In 2015, Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten celebrates its 100th anniversary.
With the hope of offering opportunities for more people to appreciate and enjoy the exquisite beauty of Shibori tie-dye, our challenge for the next centenary is to present new “Wearable Art” items that will make the wearer an art piece him/herself.
Succeeding the legacy of the first generation founder, Bunzaburo Katayama, we will suggest new ideas and ways of enjoying life with our Shibori tradition from Kyoto.
The first Katayama Bunzaburo started the shibori tie-dye business in Kyoto in 1915. In addition to the beautiful yet simple shibori technique tradition that had been taken over generations to generations, the second generation, Katayama Fumio started production of kimono using assimilative beauty of shibori tradition and modernism in those days. Today the third Katayama Bunzaburo (Katayama Kazuo) further develops possibility of shibori. He is seeking Shibori in modern daily life and is positively applying three-dimensional from and vivid color in addition to the traditional gentle texture and appearance of shiborie.
|1991||Won the Best Design Award (the highest award) in the Made in Kyoto Award (appointed by Kyoto Prefecture) with glass ware died by Japanese indigo "AIMU". This prize winning becomes motive of promoting new puroduts.|
|1992||Started to produce interior decoration goods and clothing using Shibori tie die technique after Kazuo Katayama succeeded the business.|
|1993||One of the kimono using our Shibori tei die technique won two special awards in the National Traditional Crafts Competition.|
|1999||Joined the Kyoto Yuzen Textile exhibition in Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.|
|2001||Joined fair at many domestic department stores to promote new products. (scarves, clothing, etc.)|
|2004||Renovated the company building (traditional machiya townhouse) and opened shop.|
|2005||Started to sell our products at the Design Store of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.|
|2006||Joined the MAISON & OBJECT. (Japan Brand nurturing support program)|
|2007||Joined the MAISON & OBJECT. (Hall 5B Sceans d' Interieur)|
|2007||Started a shop in the Mitsukoshi Department Store Ginza.|
|2009||Opened Gion Shop.|
|2010||Joined Japan Brand Exhibition at Le Bon Marché in Paris|
|2011||Joined Japan Brand Exhibition at Mitsukoshi Etoile in Paris|
|2014||Joined the Maison & Objet in Paris; the Ambiente in Frankfurt (Japan Brand nurturing support program)|
|2015||Joined the Maison & Objet in Paris; the Ambiente in Frankfurt (Japan Brand nurturing support program); the Atelier Designers in New York city(S/S 2015)|
|2016||Opened Ginza Main Store.
Joined the Atelier Designers in New York city(A/W 2016)