Kokura Stripes

About This Site

Japan Kokura Stripe is a website related to cultural contents for expanding the stripe pattern of KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA.


When I fist touched the stripe fabric, I thought I wanted to share not just the fabric but the pattern with everyone. I believe this beautiful stripe will be loved by people from all over the world. It is my heartfelt wish that this website will be the wings for Kokura ori to take flight. In the words of Ms. Noriko Tsuiki who revived Kokura ori - “Stripe is infinite”.

HULS Yusuke Shibata

I feel the most attractive feature of “KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA” fabric is the unique stripe pattern which is derived from the special Japanese fabric called “Kokura ori”. This unique quality makes it stand out from other stripe patterns of the world. Inheriting a 400 years tradition of fabric from Kokura and combined with the latest skills, this evolution has allow us to connect tradition with the new generation, KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA is now seeking new possibilities of stripe design, Beyond the expression of fabric, we will continue to generate the beauty of Japanese stripe patterns to the world.



HULS is a creative firm based in Tokyo and Singapore. Utilizing a creative business approach and products planning, we support the overseas expansion of various Japanese crafts such as pottery, wood and fabric.

HULS also runs the bilingual Japanese crafts website “KOGEI STANDARD".


KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA is the brand name for textiles woven in the Kokura–ori tradition. The collection is designed by textile artist Noriko Tsuiki, who specializes in fabric dyeing and weaving. KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA is woven on a wide-format machine loom, using a technique that is traditional to hand-weaving. The fabric is thick and strong, with a smooth texture, and is characterized by beautiful vertical stripes.

KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA recreates traditional Kokura-ori fabrics, with new designs and colors that are suitable for current trends in design.


Kokura-ori was a unique textile that was produced at the beginning of the 17th century by the feudal clan of Kokura area in southern Japan. The cotton cloth, woven in a vertical stripe pattern, was prized throughout Japan to make the hakama (a long pleated skirt worn over the kimono) and the obi (a broad sash for the kimono).

Although the fabric is thick and strong, it has a soft and smooth texture. The use of many warp threads creates a unique and delicate gradation of colors, creating an intense three-dimensional effect. About 80 years ago, the Kokura-ori textile had ceased to be produced, but in 1984 Noriko Tsuiki succeeded in reviving this beautiful fabric.


  • Inquiry for website and planning

    HULS Inc.
    +81-3-6280-8387  info@huls.co.jp
  • Inquiry for fabric and stripe design

    +81-93-561-0700  info@shima-shima.jp