The inaugural issue of TRAVEL UNA, a Kyushu travel design magazine, will be published in late January. This issue’s feature is “A Journey to Discover Native Textiles.”
- Date of Issue ： January 28, 2020
- Price ： 1,800 JPY plus tax (Print Edition) and
1,600 JPY plus tax (Digital Edition)
- Languages ： English and Japanese
- Size ： 175 mm x 240 mm, 120 pages (estimated)
- ISBN ： 978-4-9911173-0-5
TRAVEL UNA, which stands for United Native Acumen, is a travel guide that investigates the roots of Kyushu and uncovers its beauty, one theme at a time.
In this issue we delve into the “native textiles” of Kyushu, which are crafted in consideration to the island’s climate and history. We begin by taking a closer look at Kurume Kasuri, Kyushu’s traditional dyed, patterned textiles through which we introduce unique and meticulously-designed fabrics that are high-quality, affordable, and functional.
Discover your new trip with UNA.
Aya Tamura, Editor-in-Chief
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Kyushu’s Native Textiles: A Tour to Dye For with Shinya Miyaura
Shinya Miyaura is an acclaimed fashion curator who introduces leading fashion designers to textile manufacturing areas in Japan. We join him to explore the history and culture woven into the fabrics of Kyushu. Through these six makers, we invite you to experience Kyushu Native Textiles.
- ● Chikushino, Fukuoka Hakata-ori NISHIMURA TEXTILE
- ● Chikugo, Fukuoka Kurume Kasuri IKEDA KASURI WORKSHOP
- ● Kurume, Fukuoka Sneakers MOONSTAR
- ● Yanagimachi, Saga Nabeshima Dantsu ORIMONOGATARI
- ● Akune, Kagoshima Tairyo-bata AKINO DYEING CRAFT
- ● Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Kokura-ori KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA
Modern Dyers #1 Recontextualizing Natural Dye for the Modern Age
Takarajima Senko: Chiharu Ogomori
In the current apparel market, synthetic dyes have largely replaced natural ones. Given this industry landscape, Takarajima Senkou and Ogomori’s continued dedication to maintaining a centuries-long tradition is truly extraordinary.
Takarajima Senkou is unique because of how they blend seemingly contradictory elements: hand-made indigo clothing and medium-sized production, traditional craftsmanship and a modern business mind, production and waste management. Take a look for yourself how Takarajima Senko blends what are often considered contradictory elements into a harmonious coexistence.
Noren, Ramen and Udon
Many doorways to noodle shops in Kyushu are decorated with noren curtains, a creative take on native textiles that reflect the island’s culture and lifestyles. Here, we introduce Kyushu's best soul foods, ramen and udon, with their respective noren. We invite you to pass through noren and slurp some noodles!
- p4 Greetings from the Editor
- p12 What are Native Textiles of Kyushu?
- p16 Kyushu’s Native Textiles: A Tour to Dye For with Shinya Miyaura
- p42 Furoshiki: Wrapping Kyushu
- p52 Seven Keywords of Kurume Kasuri
- p54 The Hands and Tools that Craft Kurume Kasuri
- p58 Kurume Kasuri Production Process Chart
- p60 Textiles, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs in Chikugo
- p64 Kurume Kasuri Designs: A Colorful Pallette
- p74 Yukata to Relax, Monpe to Stay Active
- p88 Dress in Kyushu’s Scenery with Kurume Kasuri
- p94 Modern Dyers
- p106 Noren, Ramen and Udon
- p112 Selected Accommodations
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