Pre-Opening

2017/12/26

On December 23rd and 24th, in Christmassy mood, we had つくるのいえ(Textile Habitat) pre-opening event.
It was nice and sunny outside, and more than 200 guests have visited thankfully.

The feature of this event was fabric from Okayama.

Okayama prefecture is known as the home of Japanese denim & school uniforms—yes, tough fabrics.
The amount of production is lower compared to its peak but the variation and quality of them have been trusted by designers for years.

We invited manufacturers and designers from Okayama, and had a small market at our gallery.

The printed fabric in centre is a collaborative work. It was designed by Aki Nakazawa in Tokyo, the fabric was woven by Mr.Ishii in Okayama and printed by Mr.Okuda in Hachioji.

There was print & dyeing workshop held in our small courtyard.
Participants were able to learn from pros of colours.

As the second feature of the event, Tokyo designers also had pop-up shops.

YURTAO by Momoko Kinoshita


イイダ傘店(iida-kasaten)


畳屋よこうち(tatami-yokouchi)

This Pre-Opening is only a first step for us, but it was really a great experience to have a textile market in this place. People who are not familiar with textiles showed interest in embroidered fabrics. Design student who never visited outside Tokyo met manufacturers from Okayama. Listening to seniors talking about the past when here was the city of textile mills.

Those small experience in individuals will become a big movement, we believe.