Strands of bark from the linden tree are spun to create Shinaori, one of Japan’s oldest fabrics that is sometimes labelled as ‘primitive’ or ‘ancient’.
A traditional fabric for the modern age
The completely hands-on process begins with stripping the bark, and takes about one year to final product. The extremely labor-intensive job has seen Shinaori all but disappear throughout the country, only surviving in three villages on the border of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.
Utilizing the traditional art of Shina Fabrics in his hometown, Makato Ishida strived to create a new future for these materials by developing modern, sophisticated products with great sense while maintaining the traditional beauty of their roots.