SUZUSAN The Craft Master
Hiroyuki Murase loves History. History with a capital H, and history as it is transmitted, almost whispered, like a precious secret, by a mother to her daughter, by a father to his son. One particular secret, shared for 400 years, was close to being lost for good. Of the 10 000 insiders who once knew of it, less than 200 remain today. That treasure, so jealously kept, light as a cotton yarn and bright as the leaves that give it its colors, is called Shibori.
Literally, Shibori means « twist ». In essence, it describes the hand-dyeing of patiently woven pieces. Moors has developed and adapted the ancestral technique to various mediums. Thick or ethereally translucent scarves, and knitted sweaters with rich and inventive patterns: all pieces are inspired by the past and ready to live in the present, all pieces infused with deep and vibrant colors, such as the striking red used to dye the Suzusan SHIGOTO Project jacket. Leclaireur took great pride in showing, earlier in the year the delicate and intricate Shibori creation with it threads still visible.
Shibori was originally only designed for cotton. Murase’s imagination widened its possibilities by applying the process to other textiles – cashmere, alpaga and silk. His talent earned him the deserved recognition of great names: Yohji Yamamoto, Dior or Clavin Klein were quick to get in touch.
In Murase’s eye, his unique craftsmanship rests upon basic skill, knowledge, experience and a sense of beauty. To those four quintessential ingredients, the designer eventually added a more personal piece to the puzzle: feeling. Intention, permeating in every gesture of the process with the undying love for manual labour, is a prerequisite. Five keys, one more authentic and human way of creating, mastering Time, History and true Love.