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issue 23 | October 2021
The pair of jeans that you are wearing might be made of denim manufactured in Japan. Particularly, the Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures have come to be known as “Mecca of Denim” in Japan. Today, many international renowned brands use Japan-made denim in their products.
Cotton cultivation began in the Bingo region (now Eastern Hiroshima prefecture) during the Edo period (1603-1868), and because consumption of silk was restricted that time due to the governmental policy, production of cotton textile flourished. Especially, a type of woven textile called “Kasuri” became very popular and the market expanded throughout Japan as the production process became mechanized. Indigo dyeing was brought to Bichu region (now Western Okayama prefecture) also during the Edo period, and together with the dyeing technologies, indigo-dyed thick woven fabric started getting produced.
Denim production continued to develop in the 1960s as wearing denim pants became popular worldwide, including Japan. The traditions and techniques, such as dyeing, sewing, and handling thick fabrics, which are unique to the region, have helped the exceptional quality denim production technology establish here. Not only the craftsmanship spirit but also the constant effort to enhance the manufacturing process have made Japanese denim special world-wide.
ASIAN BENCH designed by Naoto Fukasawa is a clean structure, consisting of only square logs and plates. Yet, thanks to its simplicity, not only does it function as a bench but also as a display shelf. The deep brown color, characteristic of traditional Asian furniture, will deepen further over time. The designer aimed to create a standard but rare architectural model that not only fits with Asian style but also with Western style.
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