"Aloha" with the inherited technique and pattern of Kyo-yuzen
Aloha shirt is said to be originated when Japanese clothes brought by Japanese who moved to Hawaii were remodeled to open-collar shirts to suit the local climate from the early Meiji era to the Taisho era. It has a history of about 150 years. Now, one shop tailors the Aloha with gorgeous designs of "Yuzen-zome" unique to Kyoto and attracts attention. Its name is “Pagong.” How is it? It is stunningly gorgeous.
A long-established store in Kyoto handles it.
Aloha lineup is mainly from 21,600 to 38,800 yen (tax included) depending on the fabric (cotton / rayon / silk) and design.
"Kamedatomi Dyeing Factory" in Kyoto, which is the origin of “Pagong” dyes Kyo-yuzen fabric used for"Pagong" Aloha. It is a long-established store founded in Taisho era, which has been working on Yuzen-zome for a long time. Aloha patterns are created with motifs of huge number of designs handed down here and Japanese patterns of old cloth.
Yuzen-zome is to dye these patterns on white fabric with dyes. To dye with a mold, one mold is required per color, so if you use 20 colors, for example, it is necessary to dye 20 times with 20 molds . On the other hand, it is a textile such as Nishijin-ori that draws a pattern by "weaving" dyed thread.
They make a mold, prepare dyes and dye. Dyed fabric is washed, cut and sewn. It is astounding that all of these processes are divided and carried out efficiently by craftsmen specialized in each process. However, kimono has been made by spending a huge manpower like this for a long time.
The "Kamedatomi Dyeing Factory" introduced above engaged 100% in dyeing clothing fabric, mainly as a subcontractor or sub-subcontractor due to the declining kimono population after Heisei period. However, with 5000 to 6000 designs of Kyo Yuzen left in the warehouse, Aloha was tailored to appeal them to the public again and achieved a breakthrough at once. It was 2001.
After all, good designs move people's hearts regardless of times and styles. "Pagong" is now a popular apparel shop with three stores in Kyoto. One-piece dresses and T-shirts that make use of Japanese patterns are gaining popularity.