The other day, I visited Takatora Shoten.
Hamacho Takatora is a manufacturer that opened in 1948, located within a 5-minute walk from Hamacho Station in Nihonbashi. It is now the third generation. (The dyer was founded in the late Edo period, and is actually the 8th or 9th generation.)
When it comes to tenugui, other manufacturers usually come up with the design and leave the production to craftsmen.
The products that are made with an emphasis on Edo and fashionableness are all interesting and handmade.
In addition, as you can see on the official website, the concept is ``manufacturing that focuses on the unique taste of traditional construction methods, and creates new possibilities in response to the demands of the times while inheriting tradition''.
A new one is an eco-bag made from tenugui.
This is very different from normal eco bags. That is that it does not come with a small bag to store the main unit.
As for the reason, it seems that "Everyone doesn't bother to fold it and put it away, so you can pop it in your bag and take it out quickly!"
Of course, there are cases where they collaborate with other manufacturers to produce purses with designs, but even in that case, they design and make paper patterns themselves. I heard that they sometimes use a machine when an order comes in, but I think it's great that they do most of the work themselves.
Along with the trend of the times, the materials of the tools used have changed, machines have entered, and we never forget to add a sense of fun and meaning to it. The spirit is very similar to our 'gift of meaning'.
By the way, the reason why the colors change so often even with the same pattern is that they continue to use the same dye again for products that sell well, but basically they switch to new ones. Certainly, there is novelty just by changing the color.
Even if the bag is made of 100% cotton, you can change the texture by changing the weaving method, and if you know the original story, the hand towels of some people represent the zodiac. , Two hours passed in a blink of an eye.
I was able to say hello to the craftsman, but he was very friendly and funny.
"Please feel free to come and visit us again!"
It was a very meaningful, fun, and learning time.
I would be happy if I could tell you a little bit about my learning and excitement.