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Designer Buyeo Pung

Designer Buyeo Pung

Why did you make Kyoto Denim?

And the future of Kyoto Denim and its way of thinking
I will talk about it even in fragments.

In the summer of 19 years old, his father fell ill and was forced to take over the family business. A change from a free-spirited college life, I dropped out of college and went to my parents' house. Take over the business with debt.
Every day I wear down my nerves. The days of thinking about the value of living continue.
There are various encounters and help, and I feel that the feeling of "for people, not for myself" supports me and becomes a guidepost for my life. I have to do something concrete. What I can do is the problem of inheriting the skills of kimono craftsmen that I felt every day.
Inheriting the genuine technique and handicraft feelings used in the kimono that our family has been doing business with. And let's start activities to get as many people as possible to know, regardless of the form of kimono, and spread the goodness of Japan
That is the beginning of Kyoto Denim today. (Concept development from 2004 announced in 2007)
In history, it is no wonder that the current kimono technology changes to suit our daily lives, regardless of the shape of the kimono (this is the beauty of use).
Believing that if the technique is inherited correctly even if the shape changes, it is also a traditional craft, and the traditional craft is not a shape but a technique that our ancestors have developed over many years, and that technique is utilized in daily life. I think that the role of the original technology will shine only when it is done.

Old tales of struggle

In Japan, the wonderful technology, spirit, art and lifestyle that we can be proud of in the world have been nurtured. In particular, Japanese art is not something that you can appreciate in a frame, but it has a long historical background that has been deeply rooted in life as "beauty for use" that can be utilized in daily life. Therefore, it seems natural that all the so-called traditional crafts of today are originally in the items that are used in daily life, that is, in fashion and interiors. Kyoto Denim is working to pass on the "beauty of use" of Japanese people to the present era, and to the next generation, including the romance and process of making things.

Of course, I also tried Yuzen dyeing on denim materials.
This attempt has become difficult. What is difficult is that denim is originally dyed, and it is dyed by a special dyeing method called rope dyeing. In order to add color to it, you have to remove the indigo color. A familiar word is bleaching, which is done when washing. It is a technique used for removing crests even in kimono. However, it can be done because it is clear what kind of dye is dyed, and the quality and thickness of cotton and the quality of indigo are different every time like denim. There was no such thing. By repeating trial and error, it has become possible to apply Kyo Yuzen dyeing, a traditional craft with dyes, which removes colors and points to colors.
Even though it was made, it was still about the size of A4 paper at most.
This denim fabric is dyed with the dyeing technique used for Kyoto kimono, and I call it Kyoto denim.

I hope that Kyoto Denim will help revitalize Kyoto's industry and foster successors to kimono dyeing and weaving techniques.
I think it would be wonderful if it could become a next-generation industry where students who have learned from dyeing can work by refining their sensibilities, not just in Kyoto.
Roughly speaking, it would be better if it could become an industry in Kyoto, and eventually in Japan, rather than one company.
I am thinking.

A long time ago and now, the lifestyle has changed, and the era of scrap and build (disposable) has changed to a recycling culture, and from now on, it will be an era in which you decide the value of things.
I want to cherish the hearts of Japanese people who continue to use good things carefully.
For example, you can apply Yuzen dyeing to worn-out denim fabrics, or re-dye faded denim and clothes given by your grandmother. At the same time as creating things, we also think about what has been cherished. And I would like to help with the dyeing and kimono technology that Kyoto Denim has so that it can be passed on to the next generation.
In other words, Kyoto Denim wants to convey the romance that is born there, rather than the denim itself.
As a result, we sell things, but we emphasize the process and romance.

There are many one-of-a-kind products and works of Kyoto Denim.
Work to put the pattern of your order on jeans and other clothing and products. We may make only one item in various shapes.
Among them, dyeing techniques for making kimono are used.
There is harmony in technology
Most of the dyeing harmony is a momentary event in the process.
Speaking of songs, it may be a momentary event in which the voices of each person overlap.
And, in fact, there is a lot of harmony in the techniques of traditional crafts made by hand. It exists even in a tiny area.
All traditional manual processes have a background, wisdom, romance and history.
The history and the newness created there overlap, and a new harmony is born.
That harmony only exists once
Therefore, there is no single item of Kyoto Denim that is the same.
That's why it's interesting and moving.

Whenever I think of a product, it comes to my mind. What kind of evolution has traditional crafts made to the present?
In Japan, we absorbed culture from China and Korea, chewed it, and changed it to suit the Japanese while making various interpretations of Japan. I think that's how we built our own culture.
In the Nara period, he worked hard to imitate continental culture, and in the Heian period, he arranged and developed it in a Japanese style, and the invention of kana characters, Buddhist paintings, Yamato-e paintings, and Japanese aesthetics began to awaken. After the gorgeous Momoyama era, 300 years of peace envelop Japan in the Edo period.
Japanese arts and crafts have made great progress in this. Kacho Fugetsu, Rinpa, Ukiyo-e, and the popular kimono culture also flourish.
Here, what makes Japanese art completely different from Western art is that Western art has a strong appreciation element and Japanese art is living art. In Japan, art is used for fusuma, fan, folding screen, kimono, and things that are closely related to daily life. And that was the original Japanese culture.
However, due to the rapid introduction of Western culture in the subsequent history, Japanese culture was distinguished by the crown of tradition and became a past culture.


What would have happened if Western culture had slowly permeated and blended into Japan?
Such an idea may seem ridiculous. But I always think of such "what if". And that is the basis of manufacturing.

There is a gap in making things.
Even if it is called a hagire, it is carefully finished with kimono technology to every corner, regardless of the fabric, inside or edge. It's a waste to throw it away just because it happens to be the end. When I was looking for a good idea, I decided to change from what seemed to be useless and decide whether I could contribute to society or benefit someone.
If dust is piled up, I thought that it might be possible to support the disaster area in the form of donations from the profits if we collect the hagire properly and it becomes a nigumahifuka and customers buy it.

Then why is it a bear?
That's because I wanted the bear's "kawaii" to bring smiles to customers and, by extension, to the smiles of the affected areas.
If you trace the history of putting your thoughts into Meguru, you will come across Hoko. In Japan, during the Heian period, Hoko was placed at the bedside of a child as a talisman.
The custom of making stuffed animals with thought has existed in Japan for a long time.
And now it is evolving into a culture that puts cute things close at hand.
"Deniguma" was created by seeing the cute culture of Japan and the traditional techniques of kimono.
The techniques of traditional crafts that Japan has cultivated are often thought of as a noble culture, but I hope that you will feel more familiar with traditional crafts through the cuteness of Deniguma and Niguma.

At Kyoto Denim, we use kimono technology to make jeans.
I don't mean to do anything unusual.

What is a kimono?
Write "wear" and "thing" and read it as kimono.

If Japan develops slowly, and the kimono dyeing technique develops along with the traditional Japanese aesthetics of clothing.
How did the appearance of the kimono you wore in your daily life change?
While inheriting traditional Japanese crafts, I think they also applied the dyeing techniques and patterns that were applied to kimono to clothes that changed.
I think it is quite natural to apply kimono patterns and techniques to jeans.

Speaking of textile materials, kimonos are inherited as antiques, and denim fabrics are tasted and inherited as vintages.
We dare to choose denim fabric from the common inherited fabrics and also apply traditional craft Kyoto Yuzen dyeing.

However, apart from dyeing techniques and patterns, there are many Japanese aesthetics that can only be achieved in the shape of the current kimono. I don't think everything will change as the times go by, and I don't think it needs to change.

However, I would be happy if Kyoto Denim could contribute to the interest in kimono.

When wearing Kyoto denim jeans
In a casual conversation
"This is a traditional craft used for kimono, Kyo Yuzen dyeing."
When it comes to the topic, I'm not so happy.
I would like you to be interested in traditional crafts from Kyoto Yuzen dyeing to kimono, Japanese tradition, and Japanese culture, and feel proud of their splendor. I am making it for that.

The Japanese aesthetic sense of "imitation" gives off a wonderful presence and beauty by itself, but when used and viewed in a completely different way, Japanese culture wears value and beauty that has never been seen before.
I don't know if I thought about it from the end of my creativity to change my perspective and enjoy it, or if it was the development of liking things from the culture of loneliness, but the familiar Japanese alcove may be represented by the alcove of the Japanese-style room. If you decorate a hanging scroll that feels the season, place a vessel in front of it, and grow seasonal flowers and grass, a new nature will be born in the room.
The Japanese know a lot of fear and blessings about nature because two-thirds of the land is a limited land covered with forests and an island country surrounded by the sea on all sides.
Therefore, I think that my ancestors used the alcove in a way that made it easier to feel the beautiful nature and sometimes to enjoy the excitement in a new way.
There must have been a lot of honest aesthetics and ways of enjoying that naturally developed as a Japanese person.
At Kyoto Denim, there are many works that combine Kyoto Kumihimo (a string used for kimono) with denim. It ’s the beauty of Japanese people and how to enjoy it.
I am making it with the idea of ​​what kind of thing would have been created if I used it without ending it with viewing.

Kimono dressing that always comes out when you make and sell kimono. There is a kimono called dressing, and there is an obi tie. The obi tie has a feeling of folding rather than tying, and there are many types, and I can't see it because of Japanese aesthetics. I decorate the back with a flower tie or a braid after tying it luxuriously, and see it more than myself. There are many things that impress people.
Japan has a long-standing sense of beauty similar to that of obi knots.
Isn't it origami?
Learn to fold origami properly and neatly from parents and teachers when you are a child, and then learn to fold origami with various thoughts, for example, origami cranes, which are just representative of them, and wish you to cure your illness quickly. Fold a thousand origami cranes.
Since ancient times, Japan has a culture of folding and wrapping before origami. If it is a well-known one, there are many folding cultures if you look at other things such as the tamagushi of the shrine and the paper shide of shimenawa.
At Kyoto Denim, we have inherited the historical background of kimono obi ties and origami folds and the culture of folds, and we are producing many works on the theme of origami cranes and folds, hoping that they will be sublimated into something more familiar.

It's a scribble in the future
We will proofread sentences and typographical errors

Frequently asked questions.
Why do you apply traditional craft Kyoto Yuzen Zome to denim?

Kimono may become more valuable as an antique as it gets older.
Denim is a material that will increase in value over time in modern clothing.
Traditional craft Kyo Yuzen dyeing is applied to denim from the desire to inherit the culture by applying traditional craft Kyo Yuzen Zome with materials that increase the same value.

There is another reason.
The world is changing rapidly. For example, in terms of vehicles, we have become horse-drawn carriages and cars.
Kimono is the clothing of the time when riding a horse.
Currently the vehicle is a car.
Even if the lifestyle changes like this
Culture grows.
Traditional crafts Kyoyuzen dyed clothing is not only in the form of kimono, but now it is normal for traditional crafts to be inherited naturally by being applied to clothes that can be moved by bicycle on a motorcycle. I'm thinking
I think that it is a good thing of traditional crafts and Japanese culture that it is inherited in this way.