In 1937, Kyoto Shibori Bikyo Co. was established in Kyoto, Japan, the town of traditional Japanese culture. For more than 80 years, they have devotedly preserved the tradition of their foundation through traditionally weaving and tie-dying Kyoto kimono. The company now also creates fashion items such as scarves, stoles, and bags that incorporate the latest technology of “digital 3D” with the traditional practice of Kyo-Kanoko-Shibori.
Kanoko-Shibori is a traditional Japanese tie-dyeing technique. It is a unique dyeing technique where hundreds of knots are made in the fabric before dyeing it. In particular, when the Kanoko-Shibori technique is applied to silk fabric produced in Kyoto, it is referred to as “Kyo-Kanoko-Shibori,” which was officially designated by the Japanese government as a traditional craft in 1976.
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About the President
Kiichi Matsuoka was born in 1968 in Kyoto, Japan. He is a traditional craftsman of the dyeing group "Kyo Kanoko Shibori" and learned under SHOSEN who was a dyeing and weaving crafter. In 1981, he graduated college and joined the family-owned Kimono business. Matsuoka was later authorized as a Master of Traditional Crafts in 2014.
Recently, being motivated to expand outside Japan and bring to the world kimono which have been made using the traditional Japanese craft of tie-dyeing, he has been engaged in the active pursuit of developing new products.