All materials and packaging are made in Fukuoka.
The fabric used for Takumi Tie’s neckties and bowties is woven with the traditional technique known as Hakata style weaving, or Hakataori in Japanese. Ties come wrapped in traditionally crafted Japanese paper, called washi, inside an elegant paulownia wood box made by a manufacturer with deep roots in Fukuoka traditional craft.
「HakataOri Sanui Orimono」
Supported by its knowledge of traditonal weaving techniques gained through its history of producing kimonos and the sash known as an “obi” which it was founded to produce in 1949, Sanui Orimono is striving to expand the potential for traditional weaving techniques into a world of contemporary products. Having well established its credentials as a traditional producer by creating the mementos used when Emperor Hirohito visited the United States, Sanui was able to leverage that success and create new works such as the magnificent drop curtain tapestry, numerous costumes and props for movies.
Evolving away from the kimonos needed for a bygone era has allowed Sanui to become a one of a kind Hakata weaving manufacturer which uses its core skills of traditional techniques to meet the needs of contemporary customers. Business card holders, wallets and the tops of sneakers are some of the original, dynamic products of a “contemporary traditional” style of Hakata weaving.”Without revolution there is no tradition” is the motto that has allowed Sanui Orimono to break the mold and preserve the path of the traditional while meeting the changing needs of the contemporary.
Masuda Kiribako has played an integral part in Japanese traditional craft since its founding in 1929, producing the paulownia wood boxes for another traditional craft, Hakata dolls. Staying within the realm of traditional crafts, the company diversified into making both ornamental and storage boxes for tea ceremony tools and pottery. Masuda’s work creating storage boxes for living national treasures including those housed at the Kyushu National Museum is testament to its credibility.Recent collaborations with a local Fukuoka design office have produced a number of original paulownia products extending beyond the confines of the traditional, and research into production techniques, finishes and combinations of different materials is also a continuing source of new styles of boxes with new potential uses.
Chikuzen Akizukiwashi was founded in 1879, and is responsible for having rescued the art of paper making in Akizuki when it was in danger of becoming extinct.The traditional Japanese paper known as Akizukiwashi was prized for its strength and flexibility and was even used as string to tie hair in the Edo era, which most people associate with the time of the samurai.All the production processes are done by hand, as in earlier eras,to sustain the tradition.Highly skilled craftspeople are able
to maintain a consistent, high quality product throughout the year despite the materials and processes being vulnerable to the influence of seasonal fluctuations in temperature and humidity.While its ability to absorb ink long ago made it the favorite of calligrapers, washi is now being developed to meet contemporary needs with products like lampshades, various stationery items and even paper for printers, while still preserving the traditional methods of manufacturing.