HARAPPA Co., Ltd. Was established in March 2015, by two persons who were motivated to succeed the enterprise of Harayama Textile Factory, an Aizu Momen cotton textile factory that kept its reputation and business for 120 years until the unfortunate discontinuation; Taisei Ono, a cousin of the former president of the factory, and Nana Yamasaki of “YAMMA SANGYO,” who has been creating a line of clothing primely using the Aizu Momen textile.
The history of the Aizu Momen textile dates to the Azuchi-Momoyama period (late 16th century). For four hundred years, the textile has been improved in the harsh inland climate - scorching hot summer and heavy snowing winter - of the western Fukushima Prefecture and has been loved by the locals as the cotton textile that keeps cool in the summer and warm in winter.The main purpose for the textile was Nora-gi, or working clothes, daily wear. Nothing fashionable whatsoever but strong and durable; that was how Aizu Momen would be characterized.
HARAPPA intends to be a responsible successor of the policy held by the Harayama Textile Factory, endeavor to develop its business to be the crosslink to the future generations, and tackle new challenges, so that the 400 years of tradition can continue to be passed on to the next hundreds of years.There used to be over 30 factories of Aizu Momen in the town of Aizu during the golden age, but only two stands today. HARAPPA inherited one of those two. The importance of continuing tradition is above reason. We should not just stand still and keep watching it being culled out just because it does not fit the “present” time when rationality and profitability prevail. What is “present” anyway? When looking back at “present” from the future, would we be really sure that we were doing what we were supposed to do, or that we were not making any mistakes? Those are the issues HARAPPA continues to contemplate on.
Aizu Momen is a traditional craft preserved in the old-Aizu County of the former-Mutsu Province (today’s western Fukushima Prefecture).
The cotton textile is plain-woven and durable, and had been broadly utilized for the purposes such as for working clothes since the old times.It has thickness and soft texture, and is durable enough to stand washing at home. Its characteristic weaving process involves firm starching of the warp by soaking it in wheat starch solution, prior to weaving in the weft. The starching creates fine nodes between the warp and weft, allowing a layer of air to be contained when woven. The layer of air contained in the textile provides superior heat-retention as well as perspiration absorbency.
Among all the national cotton textile, Aizu Momen is the one that has the strongest of regional colors, and characteristic that agrees with the locality of Aizu, which on its own is a very unique region. Developed by the people of Aizu who were born and raised in the typical of the inland basin climate - the hot summer and heavy snow during the winter, Aizu Momen is equipped with a superb temperature adjustment function, which keeps the cool with high ventilation during the summer and helps keeping the body temperature during the winter by almost immediately becoming the same warmth as the body when worn. In fact, unlike the cotton lawn, it never feels cold when touched but gives unbelievable warmth for cotton textile.
It is an excellent piece of fabric that can be worn literally throughout the year.
Moreover, the recent dyeing process employs high-fastness (meaning, 'doesn't fade easily') method in order to keep the beautiful stripe patterns, allowing the original condition at purchase to last longer.
It is washable in an ordinary household washing machine (even winter clothes, which you may find convenient), and is a stress-free material that can be used without much care.
Also, the textile gets softer as it gets used, making it fun to bring up to your own comfort over years of use. In Japan, where the unique sense of aesthetic sometimes judges being "brand-new" as "tasteless", it could also be joyful to wear it out to the state where people would come up and ask, “how long have you been wearing it?”
After purchasing the raw cotton yarn, every process starting with dyeing is done in our factory (now, after the sudden passing of the factory manager, we are temporarily outsourcing the dyeing to a craftsman who we know is trustworthy, and concurrently striving to restore our own dyeing studio).The work put into the dyeing of yarn is nothing short of impressiveness.
All the hard work is summarized into the unique patterns of Aizu Momen, which can only be achieved by placing and layering various colors of yarns. There is no other way but the hard way, in order to achieve these patterns.
Non la can serve numerous uses such as a personal sun proof, a basket for women going to market, a fan of a ploughman in hot summer days, or even a keepsake to memorize. The image of a young lady wearing Non la and Ao dai is a beautiful symbol of Vietnam.
It’s actually not a big jump from play to learning for children when it comes to learning about the natural world, science and astronomy. Exploration is a natural part of being a child and growing up in a fascinating world and universe. So if we can find ways to take that natural desire to explore and instill a life long passion for astronomy, we will have given our children a truly great gift.
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