April 2019





[momentum factory Orii]

Established in around 1950, in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, as "Orii coloring factory" coloring Buddhist products and traditional handicrafts. Based on the coloring technology of Takaoka Copperware, which has been cultivated throughout the tradition of 400 years, they are expanding their areas of activity such as by working on the wallpaper of Roppongi Hills' (a symbolic building in Tokyo) observatory.

tone tray
on the wall mini
time and space (colorfultimes)





[Orife's Hat]

Orife's hats lavishly utilize Oshima Tsumugi, which is famously known as the "King of Kimono" and considered to be a material of top quality among many kimonos, while it is also counted as one of the world's three textiles, along with Persian carpet and France's Gobelin tapestry.

Oshima Tsumugi and Yuki Tsumugi are woven each individually by craftsmen's hands, and some require more than a month to complete 12 meters. The unique handling is so beautiful that it allows us to rediscover the fact that Japan had such a wonderful culture, making us reflect on our ignorance towards the beauty of our culture.

The light cloth together with the unique smell of kimono allows users to feel cool even in summer, finely decorating the four seasons unique to Japan. The hats would express Orife's desire to hand down cultures that are truly good to the younger generations.

Lavishly Enjoy Kimono Cloths with Classic

The word "classic" would mean both "traditional, standard" and "elegant, highest". Since it is in a form that has traditionally been used, it has enough reasons to be handed down over generations.

For such a form, the material can be enjoyed at its fullest extent by using a large part of a single sheet of cloth.

By utilizing cloths such as Oshima Tsumugi, which are woven by hands of craftsmen for more than a month, masterpieces that fuse the Japanese and the Western style are finely made.

It truly is a masterpiece that expresses Orife's strong desire to hand down things that are truly good to the younger generations.

Modern, Utilizing Crepe for Lining

Although people in the past wore kimonos as everyday clothes, opportunities to wear kimonos gradually decreased over time. The decrease in people wearing kimono led to a decrease in people making kimonos, and it is currently known that craftsmen who are able to weave textiles such as Oshima Tsumugi are significantly decreasing.

If we could transmit our culture of kimono in the form of hats, which we all could use it in our everyday lives, kimono can be easily received by younger generations and techniques of Oshima Tsumugi can be handed down. It truly is an idea unique to Mr. Fujioka who has always loved Kimono and who has always thought of passing down the culture.

In contrast to Classic, Modern's design allows users to wear the hat more deeply. The joints in the front have been divided into four and the lining gorgeously utilizes crepe. We took a hint from the fact that gorgeous kimonos in the past utilized gorgeous materials for the lining as well.

Represent "Summer" Through, for Example, Hats

Orife's hats are made by luxuriously utilizing extremely expensive materials such as Oshima Tsumugi and Noto-Jofu. The hats with a soft atmosphere fit with whatever kind of style, and regardless of age and gender, it would finely decorate users' summer.

It has been a custom for the Japanese to wear kimonos made of hemp in the summer. How about today? Although people may wear yukatas for firework festivals, it may be difficult to wear it every day.

How about enjoying the sense of the seasons that is unique to the Japanese by wearing hats? Through hats, users could always enjoy the texture of Japanese old cloths. Users would surely be able to feel traditional Japan and would surely experience a summery summer.