"Cute" tie of 1300-year-old Kiryu Ori
Speaking of "clothes for celebration days" of Nippon, there is nothing like a Japanese garment, kimono. Although we don’t have so many opportunities to wear a kimono in our daily life, this Japanese item utilizing old-fashioned textile technology will make you think about how to match it with suits and shirts. This is a tie made with Gunma 's famous "Kiryu Ori". At first glance, it looks like an orthodox tie made of fine silk. But if you look closely, what ? There is a character that you have seen somewhere ....
Gunma-chan silk tie (red · gray · purple · blue) 3,240 yen each (tax included).
(Photo: Kiryu Textile Memorial Hall, same as below)
That mascot character is adopted for an accent
Needless to say, the character is "Gunma-chan" which is the mascot character of Gunma prefecture and is now famous nationwide. Actually, this Gunma-chan is the second generation. Did you know that the first generation character, which was designed by a cartoonist, Baba Noboru sensei, looks much more like "almost a horse" character than now?
Anyway, this tie with a cute accent of Gunma-chan has a camouflage pattern. Besides, when looking properly, you can find the silhouette of Gunma prefecture, which is said to have a shape like a dancing crane somewhere .... Did you find it?
One record says Kiryu 's textile was paid to the imperial court for the ceremony to consecrate the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, as early as in the Nara period. It is an unexpected discovery that such a playful clothing item is also made in modern times although it has a history of nearly 1300 years and traditional quality. The price is reasonable too!
There is also a Gunma-chan section
Moreover, the Gunma-chan tie has gained momentum, as Gunma-chan is hidden in the gap between the regimental stripes and is designed prominently in the front apron part (the widest part of the tie). Of course character goods range from fancy to classical Japanese accessories in addition to ties. Look, "Gunma-chan section” is set up like this (upper).
The craftsmen want to attract interest in Japanese clothes and Kiryui Ori with a familiar fashion accessory like a tie. With their love to the home town added to it, Gunma-chan tie was born. If you are interested, please also look through the homepage of Kiryu Textiles Weavers Co-operative Association. There are seven ways of weaving and you can taste the part of the gorgeousness of Kiryu Ori which has been loved widely abroad.