Hajime Shoji

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Generations
of Craftsmanship
Azaleas
Red azalea flowers
native to Amami
Loom
We made extra-wide
looms for designing
larger products

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Our Process
Hajime
The iron-rich earth of
Amami dyes the silk
into its distinctive
dark hues
Bird
The colorful Amami
Jay native to the island

About Us

Hajime Shoji is located on Amami Oshima, an island in southern Japan that is a paradise, a life-source, and our home. It has shared it's beauty and bounty to eight generations of the Hajime family, cratfspeople who have carried out the tradition of Oshima Tsumugi, a silk textile industry born on the island and that gave spirit to the kimono. Just as our ancestors did, we follow the path of honoring the island, keeping the tradition of Oshima Tsumugi and upholding a high standard of craftsmanship while also seeking innovation and collaboration.

Hajime Shoji embodies its home, Amami island, holds a high standard of craftsmanship and seeks innovation and collaboration.

The
Island

Amami Oshima is full of inspiration and is the life-source for everything on the island. Hajime Shoji believes in sustainable practices to protect the flora, fauna, and natural resources of the island.

The
Legacy

Hajime Shoji is proud to be a part of the Restoring Oshima Tsumugi Project, an effort to teach our craft to future generations. We pay homage to our ancestors who dedicated their lives to the craft of Oshima Tsumugi.

The
Future

Hajime Shoji seeks to share our work and connect with others across the world. We have worked with french ateliers, and exhibited and held workshops in Europe and NYC. We are always open to new opportunities to collaborate.

Our Products

Oshima
Tsumugi

Description

Oshima Tsumugi is a silk textile craft dating back 1,300 years and created on Amami island in Japan. It's distinctive black and earth-tone colors comes from dyeing with Amami's iron-rich earth. The entire process and elaborate weaving techniques can take up to six months to produce a final product. Oshima Tsumugi orginated as textiles primarily for kimono-making, however, in addition to that, Hajime Shoji has come up with new and innovative applications. We hope to connect more people around the world to the wonders of our craft and home.

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Crystal
Oshima

Description

Crystal Oshima is made by encasing an Oshima Tsumugi textile between glass and resin which preserves the material and magnifies it's intricate design and colors. The Crystal Oshima line consists of a variety of home goods products such as dinner-ware, home office accessories, clocks, picture frames, and building materials such as tiles and stained glass. Contact us for more information.

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Amamifu

Description

The Amamifu line is an approach to sustainability by recycling and reusing vintage Oshima Tsumugi textiles and kimonos gone unused. The vintage textile is cut into thin strips and woven again with silk thread using the rag weave technique. The resulting material has a tangible texture, and a striped pattern that gives an abstract and modern edge to the original textile. We create a wide array of apparel and accessories with this approach. Find out how you can get a custom Amamifu piece.

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Discovery
& Craft

Description

Our studio and creative team are always exploring new techniques and pushing the boundaries of our craft. Check back here to see previews of new and experimental works.

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Address
Hajime Shoji Inc.
30-1 Nazeariyacho Amami-shi Kagoshima-ken
JAPAN

President
Tadaaki Hajime

Email
info@hajimeshoji.com

Address
Hajime Shoji Inc.
30-1 Nazeariyacho Amami-shi
Kagoshima-ken
JAPAN

President
Tadaaki Hajime

Email
info@hajimeshoji.com