Kokura-ori / KOKURA Stripes

Kokura-ori was a unique textile that was produced at the beginning of the 17th century by the feudal clan of Kokura area in  southern Japan. The cotton cloth, woven in a vertical stripe pattern, was prized throughout Japan to make the hakama (a long pleated skirt worn over the kimono) and the obi (a broad sash for the kimono).

Although the fabric is thick and strong fabric, it has a soft and smooth texture. The use of many warp threads creates a unique and delicate gradation of colors, creating an intense three-dimensional effect. About 80 years ago, the Kokura-ori textile had ceased to be produced,  but in 1984 Noriko Tsuiki succeeded in reviving this beautiful fabric.

Designed by Noriko Tsuiki, textile artist


KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA is the brand name for textiles woven in the Kokura–ori tradition.  The collection is designed by textile artist Noriko Tsuiki, who specializes in fabric dyeing and weaving.

KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA is woven on a wide-format machine loom, using a technique that is  traditional to hand-weaving. The fabric is thick and strong, with a smooth texture,  and is characterized by beautiful vertical stripes.

SHIMA-SHIMA recreates traditional Kokura-ori fabrics, with new designs and colors that are suitable for current trends in design.