Hosoo. More than Textile

The Kyoto-based textile company opens a new Flagship Store and presents the Colortage exhibition

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Hosoo. More than Textile
14/02/2020 - On September 2nd, HOSOO Co., Ltd. (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city) opened the doors to the Hosoo Flagship Store, housing a collection of high-quality textiles produced with traditional Nishijin weaving technology and technique. The store also includes the Hosoo Gallery which will hold four exhibitions per year portraying the unique history of Japanese textiles. The first artist in residence project presents the Colortage exhibition to showcase the works by Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer. Mae Engelgeer portrait

Mae Engelgeer portrait

This exhibition is the result of Mae Engelgeer’s July 2019 residency at HOSOO. With her distinctive sense of color and innate knowledge, she has a special gift of designing minimalistic textiles that are full of intuitive sensibilities. This exhibition’s title, Colortage is the combination of the two words “color” and “heritage,” which represents a new type of textile. 'Colortage', Hosoo

'Colortage', Hosoo

As a part of this exhibition, the Sinuous textile collection will be displayed as the fruits of her residency in an installation. In addition, HOSOO’s 2020 textile collection that stems from an accompanying collaboration between Mae Engelgeer and HOSOO is on display. With a high appreciation of Mae’s color design, HOSOO’s new textiles collection seamlessly integrates any combination of colors.  Hosoo. More than Textile

Hosoo. More than Textile

The Hosoo Flagship Store, which is also the HOSOO Co., Ltd. headquarters, is located in the old district of Karasuma-Oike and built utilising traditional plastering techniques among others as part of the overall “Craft Architecture” . This first flagship store has a minimalistic appearance from afar. The majority of the architecture is surrounded by the rammed earth and black plaster wall. This encapsulated space provides a private salon setting that allows visitors to interact in an intimate environment.  Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

HOSOO textiles are born from the unison of the Nishijin-ori textile that are traditionally used for kimonos and obi sashes, revolutionary technology realizable only by HOSOO, and timeless design. Nishijin is a district in the old city of Kyoto, and the high-quality textiles produced in this district is referred to as Nishijin-ori. This textile has been produced since 1,200 years ago, under the patronage of royalty, nobility and wealthy townspeople. Historically, only citizens of the highest class had access to these textiles. As a result, there were no limits to the grandeur and skill used in the production process. There are more than 20 steps in the production process of Nishijin-ori, and every step is carried out by individual craftspeople who specialize in their respective tasks. Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

All of their collections are developed under the philosophy of “More than Textile,” which symbolizes their pursuit of new technologies, materials, and design that are beyond the imagination, just like Nishijin predecessors have done for more than a millennium. 

COLORTAGE Exhibition
20 December 2019–11 April 2020
10:30–18:00
HOSOO GALLERY: HOSOO FLAGSHIP STORE 2F 412 Kakimoto-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto
Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store

Hosoo Flagship Store


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