Japanese Textiles and Folk Art

 

Thank you for visiting our website. My husband, Tom Finke, and I, Mami Yamamoto, started Ichoya, a small web business, in 1998 because of our love for the Japanese Culture and their exquisite traditional forms of art. I am a Japanese native, who was born grew up, in Osaka, Japan. The start of our business was focused on Japanese textiles, made predominately from silk including both vintage and antique kimonos and obis. The textiles from the Meiji era were my personal taste and passion, because of the skillful implementation of exquisite colors and understated elements in designs and motifs. We have been blessed to be able to deal with our textile suppliers who were extremely knowledgeable and provided us with a wealth of information and product. Their lives revolve around Japanese textiles and their vast knowledge is a definite asset. We have been allowed to hand-select from their bountiful textile collections, needless to say it often proves to be a daunting task. Over the last ten years or so, my taste and appreciation for Japanese traditional arts have slightly shifted to the world of Japanese Mingei (folk art). I suppose my “aging” might have contributed somewhat to this shift. Beauty in the rustic and practical forms, things we see and use in everyday life are often under-appreciated or overlooked. In this newly designed website, you will find some extended collections of folk art pieces as well as old country textiles. I still hand pick every single item we have in our website, assuring the beauty and aesthetic along with the quality that will continue to sustain as they have throughout time. Our aim is to showcase the textile and folk arts of Japan through the selections available. We hope that this information is of interest to you and we hope that you will take the time to visit often. Smiling, Mami Yamamoto & Tom Finke
Ichoya