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Omiya Co., Ltd.

近江屋株式会社

Omiya Co., Ltd. was established in Kyoto in 1951. The company started out as a wholesale agent of white silk crepe and subsequently expanded their business as a wholesale/trading company of a wide range of Japanese-style apparels, focusing on kimono. In 2010, they set up their first overseas office in Taiwan and continue to disseminate kimono culture in Japan and overseas. The company’s original silk textile brand, SANJIKU was launched in 2013 taking advantage of the technique of Sanjiku-Kumiori (triaxial woven fabric) which was derived from a technique called “Kyokumihimo” (braided cords) passed down from over a thousand years ago in Kyoto. The weaving machine used for the production of Sanjiku-Kumiori is a huge circular loom with 5 m in diameter which as of now only two such machines can be found in Kyoto. Omiya studied this rare technique and created a sophisticatedly designed textile to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle. They are actively trying new approaches to promote the textile such as collaboration with luxury brands and participation in “Maison d’Exceptions” Paris, in 2016, an exhibition for the world’s highest level of materials in the fashion industry. This new brand of tradition and innovation from Kyoto is marking a new chapter in the history of the company.

近江屋は、1951年に京都で設立された。白生地の卸販売を手がけながら発展し、その後、着物を中心とした和装製品全般の卸商社として事業を展開。2010年には初の海外拠点を台湾に設け、国内外で着物文化を発信し続けている。同社が2013年に発表したシルクの織物ブランド「SANJIKU」は、京都で千年以上受け継がれる「京くみひも」の技術をルーツにした、「三軸組織」を活かしたもの。三軸組織の織機は、直径5mの大型設備で、京都に二台しか現存しておらず、近江屋は、この貴重な技術に着目して、現代のライフスタイルに合うように、デザイン性の高い織物を考案した。ラグジュアリーブランドとのコラボレーションや、2016年にフランスのパリで開催された世界最高峰のファッション素材国際見本市「Maison d’Exceptions」への参加など新しい取り組みにも積極的だ。京都の伝統と革新による新ブランドが、同社の新しい歴史を刻んでいる。

Flagship Products

SANJIKU Textiles

SANJIKUテキスタイル

SANJIKU × Marion Vidal Stole Collection

SANJIKU × Marion Vidal ストールコレクション

Japanese Trinket

和小物

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