Initiatives Undertaken by Ginza Motoji
What can we do to pass down Japan’s dyeing and weaving traditions to the future? Ginza Motoji seeks to become a bridge connecting customers with craftspeople, starting with our initiatives of handling purely domestically produced silk called Platinum Boy. We continue to challenge ourselves to fulfill our dreams of producing stories of success.
‘Platinum Boy’ is produced from the raw silk of male woven cocoons only, the first of its kind in the world. One of its striking characteristics is that the threads are finer, longer, sturdier and more lustrous compared to those of other silkworm species. Japan was once the world’s number one exporter of silk; however, now her self-sufficiency rate is below 1%. To tackle this situation, first, we wished to create valuable 100% domestically produced silk. This brought together the dreams of many people involved in sericulture, silk reeling and manufacturing machines.
Ginza Born Oshima Tsumugi
‘Ginza Motoji Oshima Tsumugi’ introduces Oshima Tsumugi (pongee) works that inherit traditions while also being able to fit into the modern urban landscape. Mr. Motoji, the owner, is from Amami Oshima and long dreamed of hearing the sounds of Amami’s weaving in Ginza. In 2017, his dream came true. Take a look at the process of how the Oshima Tsumugi is created starting from a single thread.
We wish to showcase the passion and talents of young artists who will lead the next generation of the dyeing and weaving culture. Our aims is to become a base from where we can spread Japanese culture, like a new source of spring water flowing out of Ginza. Here, we highlight young artists who many in the dyeing and weaving industry are keenly interested in, and provide a place to present their works.
Extracurricular Lessons on Ginza’s Willow Dyes
Born from the desire to create something unique to Ginza, natural dyes are produced from the willow trees lining Ginza’s streets, the symbols of the district. ‘Extracurricular Lessons on Ginza’s Willow Dyes’ have been held at Taimei Elementary School in Ginza since 1998.
At Ginza Motoji, we wish to offer Japanese attires that have been produced using authentic traditional techniques and materials passed down through the ages, and that also seamlessly blend into the modern cityscape. We visit artists and production regions all across the country to meticulously plan and discuss details such as materials, designs and colours. In striving forward, we are constantly looking to create works of beauty that have not yet been seen before.