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Honba Kihachijo

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The ultimate choice for kimono lovers, woven on a remote island 300 km south of Tokyo.
Hachijo Island is located in the ocean 300 km south of Tokyo. Authentic Kihachijo (silk fabrics from Hachijo Island) is a range of silk fabrics that are dyed using only colors extracted from indigenous or cultivated plants that grow on this verdant island. Color variants are limited to three types: yellow, black, and reddish-yellow. In the past, yellow was the main color, which was why the name Kihachijo (Ki means yellow) was popular. But, black has now become the preferred color. It is not just any black; this is pure black produced only by Shiinoki (beech tree) pigment, making the dyeing method totally different from others that use indigo for mixing. For black fabric, the manufacturing process includes raw silk dyeing with a liquid made from boiled-down Shiinoki bark, de-watering, and drying outdoors. This process is repeated 40 times to allow the sunshine to impart glossiness to the fabrics. To highlight the unique colors of plants and trees that grow in Hachijo Island’s climate, the designs are very simple; for example, plain, striped, or checked patterns. Once used for casual wear, the material becomes more comfortable on the body the longer you wear it. In recent times, these fabrics have grown rare due to the declining number of manufacturers, and Kihachijo is said to be the ultimate choice for Kimono experts who really know their fabrics.
Kihachijo Cooperative Association
Address: 346-1, Kashitate, Hachijo-machi, Tokyo