Vintage Fabrics from Around the World Transformed Into Clothing by Japanese Craftsmen


Inside the 2-story Sasaki Yohinten in Gunma, Japan

Based out of Gunma, Japan, Sasaki Yohinten is a treasure trove of vintage textiles and objects. It’s run by a husband and wife duo who renovated a 100-year old warehouse and turned it into a shop for anything with a history or anything handmade. But one thing the couple have become especially well known for is their original line of clothing called Sasaki Jirushi.


The couple collects 100-year old vintage linens from Europe and textiles from Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa-era Japan. Under the gentle hands of the two artisans, these textiles get embroidered, patchworked and transformed into one-of-a-kind clothing. Quite literally, no one makes them like this anymore.

For those passing through Gunma, go check out their shop because it sounds fantastic. For those not quite lucky enough, they do have an online shop for domestic customers and an Etsy shop for international.


an apron made from Showa-era cotton


a blouse made from Meiji-era aizome-dyed fabric


an apron made from a vintage kendo uniform and a persimmon-colored sake bag


Pants remade from 1950s French vintage pants


a scarf made from Meiji-era fabric


1 Comment

  1. At first glance I was thinking that these clothes look like a street urchin’s. Then I had the thought that maybe folks as they get more sustainably oriented would begin to dig the patch look. Seems as humans we can become accustomed to a lot of different types of change.

    Hopefully that makes a lick of sense.

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