Adorning the body, Adorning the seasons, Adorning space, and adorning the heart.

Nakakoma Orimono’s name originates with its founder, Komami Nakajima. The “Naka” portion was taken from the last name of Nakajima, with the “Koma” portion taken from the first name of “Komami.” Thus was born Nakakoma Orimono.

In 1947, Komami Nakajima (my grandfather) chanced to discover that Kaoru, his son Yoshio’s wife, excelled in the setup and design of pongee silk.
Four years later, he took this opportunity to take what had been a family weaving business and establish it as a company.

My grandfather’s gaze was unswerving. The mid 1950s were the heyday of the kimono, with the garment enjoying a surging populairytn the mid 1950s, the kimono enjoyed a surging popularity the demand of which the company sought to meet. Kaoru designed one after another new pattern.

Kaoru’s designs were rooted in tradition, but something altogether new, and it was apparently said at the time that she changed the way Japanese silk patterns were thought about.

Yoshio had always wanted to expand the company to eastern Japan, so the couple entrusted the business back home to Kaoru’s apprentices and made their way to Tokyo. The difficulties proved too much, however, and Yoshio passed away.

Kaoru had moved away from designing patterns, and, at the urging of her apprentices in Tokamachi, she assumed a role as design and management consultant, simultaneously opening a silk goods store in Machida, Tokyo dubbed Taga-en.

Kaoru returned to Niigata and entrusted me with the buying channels and collections she had obtained up to that time.

I took the opportunity to open the Nakakoma Orimono archives. There I found handwoven pongee silk made with Japanese silk, today a rarity. There were had embroidered pieces, the kind no craftspeople remain to make today. Piece after piece of complex silk good came out of the archive, all of them featuring techniques Japan had forgotten.

My grandfather devoted his life to the world of silk thread. My parents were a living font of kimono ideas and design inspiration.
I am the third generation heir to this company.
I may lack the unique talents of my grandfather and parents, but I could not stand idly by and let this beautiful collection go to waste. I resolved to show it to the world. I did not hesitate for a moment in my conviction to show the world Japan’s beautiful textiles.

Our founding mission is:
Adorning the body, Adorning the seasons, Adorning space, and adorning the heart.

February 2014
Yoshiaki Nakajima