Traditional crafts that fit the modern age from a female perspective
Arimatsu Narumi Shibori
After 10 years of training, I started my own business.
Ever since I was a child, I have loved making bead crafts, coloring and painting.
I was more interested in color than anyone else, and I had a great interest in dyeing, which changes the way colors appear depending on the mixtures and fabrics.
In 2007, when I was 19 years old, I visited Arimatsu for a fashion show at Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences, and was shocked to see my work at the Narumi-shibori Kaikan.
At first glance, I couldn't understand how they were dyed, but they were so beautiful that I wanted to make them too, which is how I came to meet Arimatsu Narumi Shibori.
After that, I worked for 8 years at suzusan, which was based in Europe and had a range of products related to Arimatsu Shibori, and then 2 years at Yamagami Shoten, for a total of 10 years of training before setting up on my own in 2017.
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Arimatsu Narumi Shibori, which has a 400-year history, used to have more than 100 types of shibori techniques.
Since the number of artisans who have inherited this "one man, one art" technique is decreasing, there are now only about seventy techniques that have been handed down.
I specialize in the technique of Tesuji-shibori, and in the future, I would like to be known as the leading authority on Tesuji-shibori.
Up until now, in the world of artisans, I had no idea where my products were sold and what kind of customers purchased them.
So I would like to carry on the traditional skills and propose the form of Arimatsu Narumi Shibori that is required in the modern world by listening to customers' voices.
Stylish and fun to wear
I believe that the possibilities of tie-dyeing are endless.
By combining fabrics and processes, a plain, plain fabric can be transformed into a new form.
I want to expand the possibilities of shibori by thinking freely and not bound by common sense, and create products that make people happy when they wear them.
I am also a mother of one child.
Without making excuses for raising my children, I will continue to challenge myself to be a traditional artisan with a new perspective as a mother while balancing work and child-rearing and always listening to my customers' opinions.
2008 Arimatsu Shibori Fashion Show Grand Prix
2009 Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences Gold Prize
2010 New Designer Fashion Award, Excellent Work Award