The Place Where Canvas was Born
The city of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture flourished as "Tenryou" (imperial land) as it was once governed by the Edo Shogunate. A myriad of cultures thrived as trade flourished and brought prosperity to this region.
Canvas was one of them. Currently, Kurashiki accounts for about 70% of the domestic production of canvas and has become a major production area.
More than half of the domestically produced fabrics are woven by us, TAKEYARI. We have a long history of 130 years since our establishment back in 1888. In fact, TAKEYARI was the first ever factory to weave canvas in Kurashiki city. Even now, we are one of the few weaving houses that manufacture our own canvas fabrics.
Unique and Durable Fabric
Canvas was originally used as “sails” on ships. The durability and water-resistant material, while retaining its breathability, makes it suitable to be used in harsh environments.
There are different types of canvas fabrics, from No.1 to 11- the smaller the number, the more number of threads that are twisted together. No.1 canvas is made from 8 threads, which intensifies durability and thickness. Its solidness is said to be the strongest material out of all cotton fabrics.
Currently, TAKEYARI is the only company in the world that has the ability to create canvas of the heaviest grades No.1 to 3, thanks to the picanol shuttle looms used in the factory.
TAKEYARI’s Canvas Fabric
All canvas fabrics used in the production of TAKEYARI bags employs “first class canvas” that is produced by an antique shuttle loom that weaves about 50m to 70m per day. This is approximately one tenth slower in speed than the latest type of weaving machines. The reason why we stick to this slow, time-consuming process is because this is the only way to achieve the finished products' quality. Nothing can beat this beautifully functional and high-quality fabric. Because of its quality being highly valued compared to normal canvases, it is rarely seen, although it is slowly attracting attention from foreign countries.
There is nothing exciting about its appearance, nothing innovative, just simplicity. Our bags portray the hope of craftsmen, and that is to continue the simple presence unchanged for 10 to 20 years. Its true quality is enhanced through time.