Exhibition at the 18th Town Hall
During a residency at the Daigo-ji temple in May 2019, we visited Kaji Orimono, a Welder who has lived in Kyoto for more than 150 years. They use a unique technique for weaving precious threads (gold, silver, platinum, silk, etc.): the Nishijin, passed down from generation to generation for more than 1200 years. This gives fabrics of rare finesse, with appearances changing according to the impact of light, of an unparalleled depth.
They are traditionally used to make the most beautiful kimonos and monks' clothes. But today they see their designs transcended under the brand NAME KYOGO to meet more contemporary projects. Thus came the idea of a partnership to combine NISHIJIN and the art of the bag.
The project came to fruition during Paris Design Week in September 2019, with an exhibition at the City Hall of the 18th arrondissement of Paris of several models combining the qualities of Nishijin and those of leather: very light bags in bright and changing colors, the fabric being shaped by an exclusive process of our workshop. An exchange that will have consequences...