THE MASTER OF CRAFT

THE MAIWAI SPIRIT

KAMOGAWA, JAPAN

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The Story

A CONVERSATION WITH KOSUKE AND RIKI SUZUKI

MAIWAI CRAFTSMEN IN KAMOGAWA, JAPAN


Kosuke Suzuki is a Japanese maiwai master teaching his son, Riki, the craftsmanship skills necessary to continue the two hundred year old tradition of ceremonial garment making. The hand-painted and hand-sewn kimono and hanten jackets made in their Kamogawa atelier are meticulously crafted by applying methods honed through years of observation and deliberate practice.

I strive every day
to create something
that pleases me.

KOSUKE SUZUKI, MAIWAI MASTER
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 010 \ Japanese Maiwai Jacket


Maiwai has a two-hundred year history in the Japanese fisherman culture. This jacket, typically in a kimono or hanten style, was traditionally given to the fisherman as a reward for a bountiful catch. The hand-crafted jacket takes between two to three months to create with meticulous detailing from hand-painting, indigo dying and sewing.

Details

This hand-painted and hand-sewn Japanese maiwai hanten jacket was created by maiwai master, Kosuke Suzuki and his son, Riki, for their family owned atelier named Suzusen. The Suzuki family are one of three families continuing in the tradition of making these boldly colored statement jackets and kimonos worn as a festival garments by Japan's highly esteemed fishing community. Each hanten jacket is made to order for Stories+Objects in a process that takes two to three months.

Travel Notes

KAMOGAWA, JAPAN


The town of Kamogawa lies within the Chiba Prefecture just a two-hour train ride south of Tokyo on the Pacific Coast. The town is mostly known as a laid back fishing suburb, and home to a popular marine aquarium park. A visit to Kamogawa can easily be enjoyed as a day trip from Tokyo when one needs a break from the pulsating city and a moment to relax in an unfussy seaside setting with fresh, salted air, and perhaps partake in the budding surf scene.