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“Yuragi”

「Inspired by “1/f fluctuation,” we created our Yuragi kimonos whose flowing designs, colors and prints can ease the minds of its viewers.

We seek to lead the rest of the industry with our cohesion of superior materials and unique patterns. For that reason, Yuragi kimonos are based on the idea that the pattern and dyes are chosen based on how well they go with the actual material.

Yuragi kimonos are a brand that anyone can enjoy, whether they are komono beginners or long-time kimono lovers.

“Kibiso”

Kibiso silk is the very first strand of thread spun out by a silk worm, which then goes into the initial layer of a cocoon.

Since Ceceline ― a water soluble protein that is good for retaining moisture and absorbing UV rays―is abundant in Kibiso thread, Kibiso silk is commonly used in skin care. Using this kibiso silk and working alongside its producers in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, we have created a new, natural and ecological fabric.

Through the “Hinoki-some” dying process ― in which we use the extracts from a cypress tree to create the preparatory dye ― we can capitalize on the peculiarities and strong points of both the Roketsu – outlining the design with wax to protect from the dyeing process – and gradation dyeing processes as well as emphasizing the unique qualities of the raw materials.

The “Hinoki” Dyeing Method

The dye used in this process is made using extracts taken from Hinoki cypress trees. This dye is then repeatedly painted onto the fabric, creating vivid colors and a gentle texture. We developed this technique out of a desire to create the calming feel of being within a forest.

We have patented this technique as “Honhinoki” with the Japan Patent Office.

The “Gancha” Dyeing Method

Gancha tea is a type of oolong native to the Wuyi Mountains in China. Our Gancha Dyeing method uses extracts from gancha tea to color the fabric repeatedly, similar to the “Hinoki” method. As with the Hinoki method, this coloring technique is also patented after the plant from which the dye is derived: the “Gancha” Dyeing method.

The gancha extract changes color based on the type of mordant (a substance used to set dyes on fabrics), making each (layer of) coloring distinct.
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