THE MASTER OF CRAFT
THE MAIWAI SPIRIT
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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 dayKOSUKE SUZUKI, MAIWAI MASTER
to create something
that pleases me.
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.
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.