Ishikawa-tuzure is a traditional textile company run by Yoshirou Matsuura.
His virtuosity exemplifies Japanese pride and his elegant work delights all who see it.
By nurturing craftsman who honor the traditions while also taking on new challenges the company is able to maintain its high standard of quality and ensure its future.
Tsumekaki-hon-tsuzure is a weaving technique in which the fingernails are used like a traditional weaving comb.
Everything is done by hand using old-fashioned tools. Unlike mechanical weaving there is a suppleness to it making it suitable for garments like kimonos.
All the fabric is woven one piece at a time by craftspeople who have a deep appreciation for the intricacies of this delicate craft.
The vibrant colors of tsuzure-ori make for wonderful fukusa and tapestries.
These beautiful fabrics, woven in the Nishijin district of Kyoto since the Nara era, are a symbol of the city.
Because of the tight weave and subtle color gradations tsuzure-ori is reminiscent of Japanese painting and considered the finest textile made.