[Kiya's Kokura-ori Handkerchief has been added]

Since the early Edo period, Kokura-ori has been a valued specialty of the Buzen-Kokura clan. In history, it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu and Sakamoto Ryoma were also patrons. Kokura-ori is made with fine cotton yarns at high density, making it thick and strong, with a glossy and smooth texture, and even a little moisture can be repelled on the surface of the fabric. Kokura-ori declined after the Taisho period (1912-1926) and ceased to exist in the early Showa period (1926-1989), but it was restored in 1984 by Ms. Noriko Tsuiki, a dyeing and weaving artist, and Kokura-ori spun its history once again.

Kiya's original Kokura-ori was created with the generous cooperation of Ms. Noriko Tsuiki and Kokura Creation, which produces Kokura-ori products under the "Shima Shima" brand. The production process started with a prototype of navy blue fabric inspired by the navy blue curtain, the symbol of Kiya. 96 samples were selected from one piece of fabric, and by twisting together wood-black and dark indigo threads, a plain but deep "Kiya navy blue" fabric called "kon shimofuri" was created.

The Kokura-ori handkerchief is made of "konshima shimofuri," which expresses a deep color with shading by adding stripes of the same color to the Kiya navy blue. It is a little thick and firm and comfortable to use. The chic navy blue striped marbled ground is easy to use for all ages and genders, and makes an ideal gift.

Kiya's Kokura-ori Handkerchief