The historical of city of Kurashiki retains vestiges of the Edo period. Once a “Tenryo*1” under the direct control of the Edo shogunate, Kurashiki prospered as a center of commerce and industry and a land suitable for the cultivation of high-quality cotton. For many years the cotton woven in the textile district of the city was recognized as the finest available. Our company has been producing KURASHIKI HAMPU by the same the traditional process ever since 1888, standing far apart from the producers of the ordinary canvases now prevailing. Traditional KURASHIKI HAMPU, a product woven with Japan Quality, has been attracting and fascinating many with its beauty throughout the ages.
*1 A directly controlled territory of the Edo feudal government that ruled Japan in the Edo period (1603-1868).
The quality of our first-class KURASHIKI HAMPU is partly achieved through a sophisticated thread-twisting technique that has been handed down for more than 120 years. The flexibility and strength of the thread derive from the twisting of several yarns composed of 100% cotton. The canvas is woven by a melodious process on a shuttle loom that has been used with care throughout the ages. Natural cotton is transformed into richly textured KURASHIKI HAMPU by artisanal skills and close scrutiny of every process.
KURASHIKI HAMPU has been passed down as a traditional Japanese culture. We see great potential in its beauty as a “material” and even as a source of dreams. We look forward to meeting partners who are willing to venture into the creation of new values with us in domains beyond the bounds of textiles such as furniture, architecture, general merchandise and of course apparel.
HAMPU (sailcloth) is a heavyweight fabric used for sails at sea, woven together from thick threads of materials such as cotton and hemp. Cotton was officially brought to Japan in the Muromachi period. The first-ever HAMPU to reach Japan came on the sailboat of Nobunaga Oda, a Sengoku military commander. The oldest extant HAMPU, the basis for the modern sailcloth of Japan, was reportedly a hand-woven cotton sailcloth produced by Matsuemon Kuraku of Takasago, Harima Province (present-day Hyogo Prefecture). Some believe, however, that the sailcloth industry prospered even earlier in areas such Kurashiki, the source of 70% of all sailcloth now produced domestically.
In the Meiji period, HAMPU was mass-produced as an industrial commodity taking the forms rail cargo sheets and tents, straining cloths for the production of sake and soy sauce, tool bags for craftspersons, and bags for students and milkmen. The producers of HAMPU were determined to make the best of its sturdiness to meet the needs of all uses.
We reproduced a classic house using an old warehouse inside of a canvas factory that has been operating since the Taisho period, and gave it new life as the “BAISTONE Headquarters and Showroom,” which combines time-honored Japanese culture and traditions with modern design.Take one step inside, and our canvas products, with all their warmth, will be awaiting you.
414-2 Sobara Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0146 Japan
TEL +81-864852112 FAX +81-864852119
Business Hours 10:00-17:00
About 2 minutes From Mizushima Exit on Seto-chuo Expressway
There is a bus route access to near the our head office.
Bus Stop OKINAWATE（沖縄手）
Bus Line Shimotsui Denteshu Bus（下津井電鉄バス）
Bus Route Amagi Line（天城線）
You can use our parking inside MARUSHIN INDUSTORY Co., Ltd.
We reproduced an old house within the historic Kurashiki Bikan Area (Kurashiki beautiful site area) and opened it in April of 2008. Kurashiki Bikan Area has a townscape with numerous remaining sites, in which the town’s traditional appearance is beautifully preserved. In particular, the neighborhood with Honmachi and Azuma-cho, where you can find local people coming and going, has a unique charm. Why not search for the ideal item at the “BAISTONE Bikan Area Shop,” located on the corner?
11-33 Honmachi Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0053 Japan
TEL +81-86-435-3553 FAX ＋81-86-435-3554
Business Hours 10:00-18:00
About 15 minutes from Hayashima Exit on Seto-chuo Expressway
About 10 minutes from Kurashiki Exit on sanyo Expressway
About 15 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.
You can use the parking service near the IVY SQUARE.