TAMAKI NIIME / a day at the atelier.

 

I discovered the work of Tamaki Niime when I was in New York in 2014 while visiting the Nepenthes store (I was working on the fifth issue). I was very pleased to saw her incredible woven work. I was in touch with her overseas sales manager Miyoko since 2 years. So, I let you imagine how it was to be able to finally visit her atelier & store in the beautiful district of Nishiwaki in the Hyōgo prefecture seeing how most of the thing is done, try the products it was an amazing opportunity... I won't say much, the pictures speaks for themselves.

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« Tamaki Niime is a designer who drew out and extended the possibility of Banshu-Ori, yarn dyed textile, by her outstanding inquiring mind and flexible idea. Making a fresh start in her 10th anniversary year. She was born and raised in Katsuyama, Fukui. Her parents used to ran a boutique. At a textile exhibition held in Tokyo, she was introduced to Banshu-Ori where she met Mr. Nishikaku an artisan. In 2016 they moved to Hie-cho 550-1, Nishiwaki celebrating their 10th anniversary, the space has become five times as large »

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« The shop was designed their store to show the workshop openly through glass so that costumers can feel their passion to work. She appreciates costumers looking closely to learn about the creation process. They are now planning to enlarge the organic cotton.Her personal desire is to love a life surrounded by all self-made products »

« IF I CAN’T FIND IT,  I MAKE IT MYSELF » 

« Self-satisfied research is no good to society» 

« I was shocked when I found Nishiwaki to be an ordinary country town. I decided to make my imagination come true. Wouldn’t it be quite exciting if the costumer came to Nishiwaki and got to see the craftsmen making shawls next to the store? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could offer truly unique experience and products? I always evaluate my products by imagining costumer’s point of view to determine whether my creation is interesting. Now that we have a larger space to install more machines, we can do a lot more things. We also plan to enlarge our organic cotton field. As a symbol of our future activities, we planted Ceiba speciosa (floss silk tree). This year, Tamaki Niime marks our 10th anniversary. I’m glad that we can finally create what’s in our mind. Working is truly fun and exciting for me and I believe that’s how it’s supposed to be »

« Self-satisfied research is no good to society. As long as I persist in detail, I should make my creation something that is beneficial to the customers and the society. I would be truly grateful if my creation pleases our customers. I want to make products that are universal; matching men and women, young and old...even babies. Moreover, shawls areone-size-fits-all and don’t have to fit particular tastes. That is why I decided to make shawls »

 

« It is often misunderstood that I want to revive vintage styles since I’m using power looms In actuality, I am using a vintage machine to create something novel. For instance, I introduced a knitting machine to Nishiwaki, the center of the textile industry. I don’t look back on the history and am dedicated to my philosophy »

« Our former store had a bottleneck so customers couldn’t see the weaving process. Instead, we designed our new shop to show our workshop openly through glass so that customers can feel our passion to work. Though this system is a challenge for us because we are being watched, we appreciate customers looking closely to lean about our creation process so we can gain credibility »

 

« I hope to expand our business beyond fashion industry in the future. We might launch an agricultural business with our experience in cotton plantation. I designed our new store, so that we might start making interiors. My personal desire is to live a lifesurrounded by all self-made products. If I can’t find it, I make it myself. That is my unchanging attitude toward creation since my childhood »