Architect Kengo Kuma and KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA are launching “KUMASHIMA”, new textile brand

KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA INC. will release Kokura-ori’s new textile brand ”KUMASHIMA” to a global audience; “Leaf Vein” inspire the four design patterns that collaborate with architect Kengo Kuma on May 18, 2023.

The natural material cotton, the colours of the motifs of plants and trees, and the beauty of shadows derived from sunlight emerge like leaf veins.


Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned architect, and Noriko Tsuiki, a textile designer who has restored and revived Kokura-ori textiles. The encounters between these two professionals resulted in the creation of “KUMASHIMA”, a collaboration textile that transcends the boundaries between different fields.

This textile brand was created for the main use in architecture, interior design and furniture, which until now had been considered difficult to use with traditional Japanese textiles.

The creation process continued with “the power of plants” as the common language between two professionals.

Noriko Tsuiki’s approach to utilising the colours of nature is similar to that of Kengo Kuma, who uses indigenous methods to blend architecture into the environment. It did not take long for them to share the same image of what they were aiming for.

It is a new expression of Japanese textiles, created by two professionals fascinated by the abstract nature of stripes.

The brand is the successful fruition of the world of stripes KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA has been pursuing.

KUMASHIMA exhibition

Dates: 18 May – 6 June, 2023 (Open every day during this period)

11:00 – 19:00

Venue: Time & Style Atmosphere

Address:4-27-15 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel 03-5464-3205

Talk Session by” Kengo Kuma and Noriko Tsuiki and Ryutaro Yoshida (Time & Style CEO)”

Date: 18:00-19:00, 18 May, 2023

Venue: Time & Style Atmosphere

RSVP to attend the press conference and ceremony.

Application deadline: 10 May 2023

For more information about KUMASHIMA, please visit the dedicated website below.