Sumi and Yambaru-ai

Mar 27, 2021 | Event 



The mysterious earthen colors are created with the soot of burned pine trees mixed with water.

The colors produced by kala-ai* indigo-dyeing reflect the indigo of the Ryukyu mountains, where the sea converges with the twilight sky.

In days of old, every household in Ryukyu would dye their everyday clothes and fabrics with kala-ai and to-ai* dyes right on on the earthen floor.

They would first dye the cloth with sumi or safflower and then layer it with indigo.


We will present a garment made of sumi and Yambaru-ai*, which resonates with a shining spiritual presence. COSMIC WONDER “Days of light” garments made of hemp, silk, and organically-grown cotton are dyed many times over with pine smoke and Yanbaru indigo (Ryukyu indigo). They are made by Mr. Keiichi Yoshikawa, who has been dyeing indigo for more than forty years in Kameoka, Kyoto, alongside the crystal clear Hozu River. Please touch the garment saturated with beautiful sumi and Yambaru indigo, a color that has mesmerized people since ancient times.


*Types of Ryukyu Indigo




Exhibition period:

April  3 − April  11, 2021

Open 12pm – 6pm

Temporary Closed: April 2

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866



Exhibition period:

April 17 − April 25, 2021

Open 11am − 6pm

41 Shimodakedono-cho, Shichiku Kita-ku, Kyoto

T. +81 (0075 286 7296



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Mar 20, 2021 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 



NONO stands as a word to worship the day/sun, moon, god and buddha.

In Kamiseya, a town with a tradition for fuji-ori, in the Tango region of Kyoto, there is a legend that it was god who taught the people how to weave the fuji cloth.

In Kamiseya, fuji-ori is affectionately called NONO.


Fuji(wisteria), kuzu(arrowroot), kaji(original paper mulberry), kozo(paper mulberry), hemp, ramie, shinanoki(Japanese linden), basho(Japanese banana plant), ohyo(Manchurian elm).

People have spun fibers taken from these plants into fabric.


As the love and wisdom of the universe and earth are embodied in the plants of this earth, we make fabrics out of these plants, and by wearing them, we are able to feel connected to the idea of being one with them.


The workings connect us subconsciously to the universe, and our consciousness as human beings will connect us with all in its entirety.

This is where the NONO will emerge.


Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha


*Statement of the exhibition”NONO a native spirit of Kami and Cloth”


Photo: Kogei Punks Sha “Kamisuki-numa  of Kinu-numa” 2020 / Photography: Yukinori Maeda

Kinu-numa in Tochigi prefecture is known for its mythical dragon’s palace nestled in the mountains. Local lore of a weaving Princess Otohime is passed on to this day.

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COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha 
NONO a native spirit of Kami and Cloth

Mar 20, 2021 | Event 



We were pleasure to hold the Special Exhibition COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha “NONO a native spirit of Kami and Cloth” at Iwami Art Museum.


This exhibition has been realized with the hope of finding future connections between man and nature. We examine the practices of people who live in harmony with their environment, their views on nature and spirituality, as well as the resurgence of interest in natural fabrics in various parts of Japan. We proudly invite “Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha”, who continue to explore different materials and handmade washi paper, which has ancient roots in Japanese culture, to present natural fabrics chosen from their unique perspective, spinning devices such as the spinning wheel and loom, and potsherds of Jomon-era earthernware, which retain marks of fabric textures, alongside performances using handmade Japanese washi and new video and photography work. In the past, people spun fibers from plants taken from their immediate surroundings, making fabrics, and then constructing clothing and tools to sustain their lives.These natural fabrics can be made from fuji (wisteria), kuzu (arrowroot), kozo (paper mulberry), hemp, ramie, shinanoki (Japanese linden), basho (Japanese banana plant), and ohyo (Manchurian elm), to name a few. They deeply reflect the culture unique to each area and the practices that have nurtured them. Making natural fabrics by hand starts with producing the fiber, which requires much perseverance. One cannot imagine how much work it would take if it were done today. Such precious fabrics have been highly regarded and cherished in their home regions. In Shimane, where there is a tradition of fuji-ori weaving, the worn boro fabric was battered back to pulp. When it is used to the end, nothing goes to waste.


Today, we have come to a stage where we need to reevaluate the relationship we have between nature and man. In exchange for our convenient lifestyles, we have contaminated the planet and altered our environment perhaps to the point of no return. On the other hand, the way our lives pass along, with the energy provided by this earth, will not change no matter what period we live in. What do they show us now, these fabrics that exist from the times we were nurtured by the nature around us and cherished what we had? In present times, where there is an abundance of information, the future options we can choose from may be reflected in the very presence of these natural fabrics and handmade papers.



Exhibition period: March 20 – May 16, 2021

Venue: Iwami Art Museum

Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00 *Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Closed: Tuesdays *Open on May 4 (Tue.)



Related Program

Special Talk “Reading NONO


We will invite Shinichiro Yoshida, the contemporary artist and director of the Research Center for Early-modern Hemp, who collects and researches natural textiles with a focus on hemp cloth, and Yasushi Inomoto, who has moved to Kamiseya in Miyazu, Kyoto, 

the hometown of fuji cloth, in order to preserve its tradition, to hear about their work and research.



(top) “Winter landscape of Oidani” 1971 / Photography: Shozo Sumita

Oidani Valley in Kaneshiro, a mountainous area in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture, where paper was made in winter and paper cloth was made.

(bottom) “The bedspread of KamikobuFuji, private collection, early Showa period / Photography: Ai Nakagawa.

In Kamikobu, deep in the mountains of Kashima-cho in Matsue, Shimane, the local custom of fuji-ori (weaving wisteria vines) has been passed on for generations.



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New arrival
Days of light
Organic cotton broad

Mar 15, 2021 | News 



Made from organic cotton broad.

Beautiful colors are piece dyeing.

Reactive dyeing are Light lily, Earthenware, Violet ash, Black, Ancient soot, Plum.

Clothes that extend into space.

Spiritual vessels for bright days.


We are pleased to present the third collection “Days of light” from March 20 at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

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New arrival
Days of light
Beautiful Silk Linen

Mar 03, 2021 | News 



A shining clothes look like celestial aura, made from silk cotton.

Made from beautiful lustrous and soft texture of silk linen.

Clothes that extend into space. 
Spiritual vessels for bright days.


We are pleased to present the second collection “Days of light” from March 6 at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

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