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Concept of Kirmon

One of the mottos of Japanese culture is to flexibly fold things in compact ways.

Large objects can be folded up into a small size and are stored until the time they need to be used. One can flexibly decide how to use the room: a small room of tatami mats and some furniture can thus be used as a living room, dining room or bedroom.

Kimono, traditional Japanese cloth, is made from a roll of cloth. A flat cloth thus becomes a three-dimensional garment. When the kimono is not being worn, it becomes a fabric again and can be stored in a small space until it is needed again by the present user or by future generations.

Kirmon is a series of products which transform their shape from flat to cubic.
Kirmon are contemporary clothing products that succeed and utilize the concept of Japan’s traditional kimono culture.

kimono products

Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture has been known as a production area for woven textiles for 1,300 years. Their fabric is called Kiryu Orimono which has come to be considered as the finest quality silk for making kimono.
The city still prospers from the production of kimono fabric.
Particularly noteworthy is their gorgeous material used for obi (sash) or hakama (traditional Japanese male dress).

Textile of KIRMON has

Super water-shedding finish
It is fabricated as water proofed so that water will not come through the textile.
A variety of patterns
Colorful and beautiful patterns based on traditional Japanese design are incorporated into the graphic styles.


KIRMON is an interior-product design brand originated by Marunaka Co., Ltd., based in Kiryu City.
They produce new and modern three-dimensional products, mainly table and kitchen wares, respecting the concept of the conventional kimono.

Kimono is Japan’s original fabric culture. Pieces of textiles are cut in straight lines only from one roll of fabric and are made into a three-dimensional cloth, kimono by connecting each piece.
When the kimono is not being worn, it can be returned to its original form. As long as it is stored properly, the textile can be taken over again and again by future generations.
After many generations the textile is finally used as a wiping cloth: Such a great way of recycling.