Kakishibu is a traditional Japanese dyeing method that uses fermented persimmon juice as the dyeing medium. This unique craftsmanship is also referred to as “sun dyeing” because sunlight plays a vital role in the process; in order to form a profound amber color within the fabric, drying under strong and direct sunlight is a must.
Kochi prefecture is located on the island of Shikoku in Japan. Facing the Pacific Ocean, the area receives plenty of sunshine and has relatively long days. It is likely that the weather has an impact on the locals’ outgoing and optimistic nature. Located in Tosashimizu City, the southernmost part of Kochi, Yurukuru’s Gallery is a workshop known for its Kakishibu and also indigo dyeing products. The craftsmen take advantage of the strong and beautiful sunlight that shines upon the city to produce a wide range of dyed goods that cover all of your daily needs; from cloth bags, aprons, dresses, to bed sheets and covers, their goal is to bring the craftsmanship of cloth dyeing into every aspect of your life.
Their most recent product, the Kakishibu cloth coffee filter, captures the heart of coffee lovers. Those who have brewed coffee with cloth filters know that they require careful and delicate cleaning and maintenance. The slightest negligence will make the cloth filter dirty and stinky, resulting in it going into the trash. However, when it comes to the Kakishibu cloth filters, they are relatively easier to handle; they are easy to clean, stain and odor resistant, and what’s more, even when the amber color of the cloth filter gradually fades, what remains is the long-lasting beauty of craftsmanship.