"Every piece is unique, every surface feels different. Out of time, skill, knowledge, experience, our sense of beauty and love we create forms, colors and patterns."
--- Hiroyuki Murase
The roots of Suzusan lie in the Japanese town of Arimatsu, where the Murase family has been refining textiles using the shibori technique for over 100 years.
Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique that has been used for over 400 years and involves refining fabrics through extremely intricate handwork. Parts of the textile surface are tied, sewn or folded before dyeing. Through this careful manipulation of the textiles, subsequent dyeing yields flowing colour gradients and contrasts, and even three-dimensional patterns and structures.
The production process has remained practically unchanged throughout centuries and is reminiscent of a village production chain. Before completion, a textile will typically pass through four of five different pairs of hands. Traditionally, shibori was used on silk and cotton fabrics, which were then made into typical Japanese clothing such as kimonos.
In 2007, Hiroyuki Murase, the eldest son of the family, started to create scarves from the hand-made fabrics produced by his family in Japan.