Masuhiro Kitamoto, or “MASU” is a craftsman who dyes Kimono.
The sales of Kimono is said to be less than 1/6 compared to 1980’s-90’s…
So in this Kimono factory, Masu,a very friendly and funny craftsman is making Kimono fabric by himself. The special technique he is specialized in is called “Suri Bitta,” and
he is one of the very few people who has the same technique.
He is the 3rd generation of this family- run Kimono factory, but he says he will probably be the last generation.
But instead of being negative, he is trying to do different things.
One of his project is Handbag.
He is looking for a high fashion brand to collaborate with him.
The patterns and designs he has are limitless, and the material he uses are gorgeous.
(Silk used to make Kimono, and real gold leaf)
【What can TIME and DESIGN do for you?】
As the partner company, we are currently helping him to find a fashion brand to work on Handbag project with him. Since he is one of the very limited people in Japan who has skills and passion to work with foreign designers, he will be happy to have your contact. Please let us know if you are interested in working with Masu.