Takaokaya — Handcrafted cushions and bedding from Kyoto
It Began with Futon
Historically kimono and futon products had a similar operating process in the fact that both businesses run on a made-to-order system. At the beginning of the 20th century, the leading kimono merchants started expanding itself and turning into department store. Around the same time, Takaoka Futon Co., Ltd. was started as a bedding manufacturer for a well-known department store, Kyoto Daimaru (now known as Daimaru Kyoto) and started supplying the people of Kyoto with futons and cushions. Shingu (寝具) was the word that was used to represent Takaoka products back then. It was a combination of the kanji character 寝 which means sleep and 具 which means tool.
The Importance of Craftsmen
The stuffing stage is one of the most important parts of the production process. It does not only determine the comfort level of the finished products, but it is also what allows the product to keep its integrity even with frequent use. Takaokaya’s skilled craftsmen are concern with the longevity of their creation, so they would like to make sure that even in the future, each product is still as comfortable as the day it was made.
This concern to detail is especially important for Takaokaya’s ability to create custom made products. To make sure that they capture every detail of their customer’s vision and transform them into reality.
At the end of the production process, striking the cushion is essential. This step is done to make sure that the cotton filling can spread evenly. Middle stitches are applied to the center of the cushions to keep the cotton filling in place. It requires precision and a gentle hand to pass the needle through the same location back and forth through thick layers of cotton. The side tassels are also beautifully functional, as it helps prevent the cotton from coming out from the side of the cushions and finished with a trickly little ball knot on each tassel