4 craftsmen who specialized in umbrellas, cushions, stoles, neckties and stuff came up to revive the prefectural silk fabric "Kai silk" which disappeared in the changes of the times.
Kai silk was originally woven only with hand carefully, but these 4 craftsmen brought various techniques and experiences from heavy dense to thin, and combined with the latest weaving machine technology, they succeeded in reviving the beautiful heritage.
Suitable for the name of "Za=market", we try to spread the tradition of Kai silk including smelting, weaving, production, even crating new market.
The stylish lining of Edo will continue to be a variety of products from KAIKIZA in the future.
Kai silk which started from the replica of traditional pattern and technique, became a stole that entered into a wooden capsule under the brand name hengen, and was selected by MOMA 's design shop.
Recently, as a cilk project collaborated with young fashion designer, we made fashion proposals that can recognize the beauty of the material itself.
As a result, we are chosen as the “100 advanced small-scale enterprises”.
The Edo era when they were forbidden to wear beautiful kimono under the government law, people used rustic material for outside and enjoyed beautiful pattern as the liner.
Kai silk has been chosen by the wealthy Edo merchants. Since then we recognize Kai silk as the attire of stylish people, longing for generations and we can find Kai silk in the literatures, for example, Soseki Natume in Meiji era, he indicated kai silk as beautiful rat gray liner that reflected the scarce light of the dimly lit night, and by the female poet, Misuzu Kaneko, pieces of Kai silk have been a treasure to collect for small children.
The North Fuji Area of Yamanashi developed as a silk fabric producing area, and sericulture was held in various parts of the prefecture. However, because of the spread of chemical fiber, the prefectural silk fabric was in danger of extinction. Then it is the “KAIKIZA” that stood up to inherit the traditional mind and technique of craftsmen for the future generations. For starting this project, mostly we put effort was to use the prefectural silk which is nowadays only 0.5% of total Japanese silk production. For doing this, we try to inherit from sericulture to textile weaving and final products.