“Kagure” started in 2008 in the Omote Sando area as the first shop specializing in Ethical Fashion wear and craft work. Environmentally friendly outfits made of natural materials are featured in our distinctive collection. We present vintage handmade pottery and home workshop tools (“Mingu”) from all over Japan for our selection. By nurturing natural life, we celebrate our association with the earth in the vast city surroundings of the Tokyo Metropolitan region.
The word “Kagure” derives from “Manyoushu”, the oldest Japanese book of ancient literature. The word “Kagure” means “Harmonious Kinship”. This implies the primary connection the Japanese have formed with their native land. “Kagure” is named in hope to draw together the spirit and wisdom we inherited from past times.
We present art exhibitions for quality craftwork and provide exclusive workshops for pottery, yoga and cooking. We are dedicated to bringing ideal products for the body and mind. Our aim is to provide local goods to customers valuing sustainable lifestyles in global earth environments.
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“Kagure” will be part of the “Japanese Style: Sustaining Design” exhibition
at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Denbighshire Wales.
1 April 2012 – 24 June 2012
We are delighted to be part of this exhibition.
Our theme is based on how individuals contribute to communities for sustainable development. We also cherish traditional methods and materials employed in sustainable production. Equally, we would like to consider the association of the visual and the spiritual for the improvement of the quality of life.
Rooted in sustainable design, the Japanese style celebrates the subtle and the beautiful in production. Herein the Japanese designers and craft workers feature applied works such as ; Architecture, Ceramics, Contemporary Craft Work, Design and Textiles.
Reiko Sudo, NUNO
Tōhoku Ceramics - stoneware and
porcelain from The Hale Collection
Kagure - Urban Research -
Architectural Studios and Residencies
Studio Archi Farm: Kazuya Morita:
Tono Mirai: and Nurturing the Spirit: Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory, Waseda University, Tokyo;
Smout Allen, Bartlett School of Architecture; the Design Unit of the Welsh School of Architecture
Ceramic Residency Masterclasses by Shinsuke Iwami with David and Margaret Frith at Brookhouse Pottery
Japanese Makers resident in the UK - Ceramics, Textiles, Contemporary Craft and Design.
For this years spring collection line up, we have gathered textiles, which are naturally dyed, using the
technique of ‘Itajime-Shibori’, a traditional Japanese tie-dye method that gives fabric a very unique texture
The colors and shades never come out alike though the same technique is applied. Each work is distinctive in its own way.
The ancient heritage of Itajime Shibori stretches back from India and was carried through the Silk Road to Japan during the sixth to seventh century. Descriptions of this art form can be found on the list of the offerings to Horyuji Temple, a world heritage listed building in Nara prefecture. Methods used can be catego- rized in three classifications; ‘Rou-kechi’ (wax resistant textile dying), ‘Kou-kechi’ (an early type of resist dying) and ‘Kyou-kechi’ (made by folding silk between a pair of carved boards).
Of the three methods applied in ‘Itajime Shibori’ is the ‘Kyoukechi’ technique. Folded and bound with boards from both sides, beautiful diagrams appear on the unfolded textiles with limitless variations. In this series we use fabrics weaved with organic cotton and bamboo rayon, folded like joint screens of ‘a byoubu’ painting. The clothes are clipped between square shaped panels for reserved printing, creating a misty plaid pattern.
For the ‘Itajime Shibori’ series we used natural dye as the coloring material. Lac and catechu is used for the
pink fabrics. Coffee and catechu for the grey fabrics. The Lac is made from the nests of the Coccoidea insect.
These insects feed on tree resin. Lac is also a herbal medicine that is homeostatic and antibacterial. The
insects live in the natural forests of
East Asia. In India, Nepal and Bhutan, Lac is treated as one of the most precious natural dyes. In Chinese
medicine it is widely used as antibacterial/haemostatic remedy. Colors such as red, purple and burgundy appear
when the dyed material is stained with a mordant.
Catechu is extracted from the leaves and tree trunks of Mimosa and Acacia. Throughout the ages, it was widely known as ‘Gambier’ and has been used in medicine and for dying. It was introduced to Japan through China by ‘Ganjin Wajo’, a Buddhist monk in the 8th century. Containing components such as catechin, tannic acid and gambier, it is antiseptic and has been used in Chinese medicine for intestinal disorders and as a mouth refresher. The dyestuff itself is a brown like color. When a mordant is used, the textiles turn into a reddish brown or reddish gray. When two colors are combined, blending alum mordant, the fabric turns into a warm rose color.
As for coffee, it is the same kind of coffee beans we drink every day. Initially it was imported into Japan from the Netherlands in the 19th century. First its function was better known as a form of medicine, than its usage as beverage for connoisseurs. As the beans contain much fat and is less soluble in water, coffee powder is used for dying the textiles. When stained with a mordant it becomes brown or yellow. The mixture of coffee, catechu and iron mordant create a bitter greenish grey.
We here introduce handmade tools. These hand made tools were used throughout Japan up to modern times and are still valued today. You can feel the warmth of these hand made natural materials which can be used for a life time.See collection catalog