Kokura Shima Shima Co., Ltd. 株式会社 小倉縞縞, a company based in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka, designing and selling contemporary interpretations of Kokura-ori 小倉織 textiles*, is holding a simultaneous online and offline "Scrap Fabric Sale" this year to sell leftover cloth from the manufacturing process, leftover strips and selvage from the weaving process, and even factory straps which aren't normally used. In so doing, the company hopes to convey the essence of Japanese textiles while promoting sustainable manufacturing.

Kokura-ori was a unique cotton textile, woven in a vertical striped pattern, produced at the beginning of the 17th century by the feudal clan of the Kokura area in southern Japan.

In addition, the company plans to have a "Shima Shima Creators Contest" online. The judges represent a variety of fields such as educators, popular designers, and artists.

ハギレ展 hagire ten ("Scrap Fabric Sale")

Through this initiative, Kokura Shima Shima hopes to promote sustainable manufacturing and encourage people to enjoy participating in the process in which products are recycled and upcycled.

Last year, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the company held the sale online for the first time, which was very popular because it allowed customers from distant places who could not visit the store to purchase Kokura-ori leftover fabric.

This year, now that there are signs that the pandemic is waning in Japan, customers will be able to purchase the items in the store as well as online.

"Kokura Shima Shima Scrap Fabric Sale website

Online Sales

Special page at Kokura Shima Shima Online Shop

Period: November 11th to 17th 23:59:59 (JST)


  • Assorted scraps S (100g): 1,320 yen (tax included)
  • Assorted scraps M (150g) 2200 yen (tax included)
  • Assorted scraps L (200g) 3300 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set, small (5 pieces), 1100 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set, medium (5 pieces) 1,650 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set large (3 pieces) 3300 yen (tax included)
  • Web-only Scrap Fukubukuro (Grab Bag) 5500 yen (tax included)

Web-only Scrap Fukubukuro (Grab Bag)

Assorted scraps S

Brick-and-Mortar Sales

Store Information

  • 小倉縞縞 本店 Kokura Shima Shima Main Store
  • Period: Until November 14th (Sun)
  • Address: 〒803-0814 北九州市小倉北区大手町3-1-107 | 3-1-107 Otemachi, Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyushu City, 803-0814 Japan
  • Phone: 093-561-8152
  • Business hours: 10:00-18:00 / Closed on Wednesdays

Product lineup

  • Scraps sold by weight 165 yen/10g (tax included)
  • Assorted scraps L (200g): 3300 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set S (5 pieces), 1100 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set M (5 pieces) 1,650 yen (tax included)
  • Cutout scraps set L (3 pieces) 3300 yen (tax included)

(L) Cutout scraps set M (R) Cutout scraps set L

Shima Shima Creators Contest

Kokura Shima Shima invites you to participate by posting your original work on Instagram. There will be prizes for the winning entries, including fabrics and rare items not for sale. There is also a student and kids category.

  • Application period: December 1st, 2021 to January 10th, 2022
  • Application Requirements: The work must be made from Kokura Stripe scraps, strips or selvage. Any genre is acceptable. Works that have been submitted to contests in the past are not acceptable. Group entries are also welcome.
  • Divisions: General (including university students) / Students (junior high and high school students) / Kids (elementary school students and younger)
  • How to apply: 1) Follow @kokura_shimashima on Instagram 2) In the text of your submission, please write 1. the name of your work, 2. a comment on your work, and 3. the category you are applying for (General, Student, or Kids). 3) Post a photo of your work with #縞縞クリエイターズコンテスト (#小倉織 and #小倉縞縞 are also recommended)
  • More details about the judges and prizes will be forthcoming

Past winners

For more information on Kokura Shima Shima and Kokura-ori textile, visit the company's website here (English).

By - grape Japan editorial staff.