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Production and sale of fabric panels
Osaka-shi, Osaka

Japanese style beauty in your ordinary life

"Obi Panel" was produced to realize the idea of utilizing the traditional Japanese-clothing (Wa-Fuku), which is rarely seen in everyday life, in people's lifestyle in today's society while maintaining the beauty and attractiveness of woven fabric.

Obi Panel is the "one-and-only product," the fabric panel crafted from Obi which is used when wearing Kimono. In order to select and procure high quality Obi that suits for the interior use, we diligently searched information on "traditional Japanese-clothing" and "interior decoration."

After the inspection of whether there are any wrinkles or stains on Obi, parts of Obi are cut out with scissors, pressed with a hot iron, used to wrap up wooden panels and being fixed with tacker.
Because of the various characteristics of each Obi, each one is carefully handcrafted based on their characteristics. The backside of the Obi panel was beautifully decorated with Unryu-Washi, the Japanese paper made from 100% mulberry bark fiber which is used in several historical documents of Japan, and strong adhesive is used to glue it.

We would be very happy if our products harmonize with your living space and make you enjoy with the beauty of Japanese essence, of "Wa."

Issued by Osaka Prefecture Public Safety Commission Antique dealer approval # 621030140677.
Product name: Obi Panel Registration: 5750298

The allure of woven silk, which transcend time and is revived in different form

For Miwa Takenaka, it seems like an awful waste for a beautiful Wa-Fuku to be left in a dresser and being kept away from people's eyes for several decades.

While she was considering restarting the remake of Kimono which has once been suspended after she faced difficult challenges, she heard a shocking opinion from a teacher of a Kimono-Remake school, who has won several awards for her Kimono dressing, that "Wa-Fuku is most beautiful when worn as traditional-style Japanese clothing." Although she partially admitted such opinion, however, while she was searching the reason why doesn't Kimono seem suitable for the remake into modern looking clothes, she discovered that Wa-Fuku is made to look most beautiful as Wa-Fuku at the time the fabric is woven. That is the reason why Wa-Fuku grabs people's attention, even though it looks simple. She learned that it is not necessary to add too much decoration to it, if the beauty exists in the textile itself.

One day, she saw a fabric panel in a model home at her workplace. At that time, an idea popped into her head, as though she found the final piece of the puzzle that she could not find 10 years ago, that the fabric panel of "Obi" could expect a certain amount of market demand. She immediately started to create some prototypes, and study a variety of topics on foreign interior design, color coordination and several aspects of Wa-Fuku. After continuing many rounds of trial and error for one and a half years, and with help from many people around, it was satisfactorily finished.

About the pattern of the Japanese clothes: Shapes such as circles, squares, scales and diamonds take their inspiration from the cosmos:clouds, the moon, stars, water, wind and snow; and from the beauty of nature: flowers, grass, insects and birds... By making patterns out of the natural world, a traditional way of dress is represented by a single piece of fabric in a way unlike any other in the world. Artisans decide on color patterns to dye the thread, and created into the same shape using the woven fabric. Reference: Yumioka, Katsumi and Kenzō Fujī, eds. "Obi and Design". Tokyo: Sekai Bunkasha, 2008. Print.

Miwa Takenaka

OBI ONE Representative
Miwa Takenaka
Born on October 22, 1973.
2001~ While holding an office job, learns reforming techniques at "Fashion Reform & Remake School Magic Sewing Box."
2002 Sells remake-clothes, combining Japanese and Western styles, on the internet.
2004~2006 Works featured on Recruit Magazine "Keiko and Manabu", and daily broadcast "Makasa Tsukasa."
2006 Artistic talent was highly regarded by a company, and was given an opportunity to sell the products at famous stores and in New York. Rather than mass production,
Declined due to the limitation to only use recycled Japanese clothing, and the difficulty of bringing the ideas to shape.
Thereafter, a variety of buildings and interior decorations, and enjoyed architectural tours.
2012 Worked for Sweden House Inc., a Northern European import house manufacturer.
2014 Resigned from employment at the company.
2015 Start own business from home. Started internet sale of Obi Panels.>
Credentials: MEXT-Sponsored Shikisai Kentei (Color Coordination Test) Level 3
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