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About KURASHIKI HAMPU

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).

Characteristics of KURASHIKI HAMPU

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.

FOR CREATING NEW VALUE

CREATING NEW VALUES

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.


SERVICE OVERVIEW

Production and wholesaling of materials
We manufacture materials using a continuous sequence of traditional production techniques, from threads to woven canvas. We sell KURASHIKI HAMPU to the market directly from our workshops as a manufacturer of cloths.
Collaborative development and planning
There is no end to our explorations into new possibilities for KURASHIKI HAMPU reworked into different forms. We are always eager to collaborate with designers and manufacturers in wide-ranging domains.
Wholesale distribution of products
We capitalize on the charms of KURASHIKI HAMPU by reworking it into various products for daily living such as tote bags, shoulder bags, pouches, interior goods, and general merchandise.
Made to odrer
We apply a rich array of manufacturing techniques evolved for more than 120 years to provide KURASHIKI HAMPU quality in a range of thin to strong thick fabrics to suit the various needs of customers.

History of HAMPU (sailcloth) in Japan

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.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company Name
BAISTONE Co., Ltd.
Founded
Aug 2003
Representative
President and CEO Tokushi Takeyari
Director Sumiji Takeyari
Director Kiminori Kimura
Head Office
414-2 Sobara Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0146 Japan MAP
Paid-in Capital
10 million yen
Main Business
Planning, production, wholesale, and retail of bags and general goods that use KURASHIKI HAMPU
Planning, production, wholesale, and retail of KURASHIKI HAMPU

GROUP COMPANY

TAKEYARI Co., Ltd.
414 Sobara Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0146 Japan
MARUSHIN INDUSTORY Co., Ltd.
439 Sobara Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0146 Japan

SHOP

Main Shop

MAIN SHOP

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.

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414-2 Sobara Kurashiki-Shi Okayama, 710-0146 Japan
TEL +81-864852112 FAX +81-864852119
Business Hours 10:00-17:00

ACCESS INFORMATION

[ Automobiles ]

About 2 minutes From Mizushima Exit on Seto-chuo Expressway

[ Buses ]

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)

[ Parking ]

You can use our parking inside MARUSHIN INDUSTORY Co., Ltd.

Main Shop

BIKAN AREA SHOP

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?

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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

ACCESS INFORMATION

[ Automobiles ]

About 15 minutes from Hayashima Exit on Seto-chuo Expressway

About 10 minutes from Kurashiki Exit on sanyo Expressway

[ Train ]

About 15 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.

[ Parking ]

You can use the parking service near the IVY SQUARE.

CONTACT

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