With continuous support from local craftsmen MAOTA commits to a maintained visible production. They are based only a short distance to weaving mills, yarn factories, dyeing mills and production factories in Japan, making possible frequent visits and keeping the production local and close to home. MAOTA uses high quality yarns which are the base to unique textures, shapes and colors. Yarn is the beginning.
"The idea is not to show off your skill, use it instead in places people don't see, And always keep finding ways to make improvements. Never stop tweaking- that’s the bedrock of craftsmanship."
MAOTA's garments are slowly made in Japan. They believe that working closely with the craftsmen they ensure a stable future for them and the future generations.
This is the reason they offer pre order and produce only what has been ordered. They are a husband and wife team and their passion is to create garments that are high quality from yarn to finish. They don't like talking much about themselves and would rather have their products speak for them.
Colors live deeply in life and culture as many paintings, textiles, ceramics, poetry and literature. For example, the beauty of colors are reflected in traditional wear created by the wisdom and delicate sensibilities of the Heian women, the simple and robustness seen in the samurai society of the Middle Ages, the shimmering colors of the Sengoku warlords, and the Yamashimizu. A quiet atmosphere that seeks harmony with the light, and the world of wabi sabi and loneliness. The colors of Japan have been added in the course of history are beautiful and elegant.
MAOTA aims to focus on traceability and they have been following some of their yarn’s journey from the very beginning. From choosing the yarn, the dye colors to the weaving strength, they feel very fortunate to work face to face with craftsmen to create their MAOTA fabric.
The final step to finish MAOTA'S garments is made at a local garment factory in Gifu, Japan. Their excellent skill in pattern making, sewing and the delicacy they bring into finishing the garment has brought them a high worldwide reputation. They are based only a short distance to the garment factory and their friendship has been 20 years. MAOTA is beyond grateful for their support.
Interview with Ruby Pseudo
Interview with Senken Shinbun (Japanese)
photos by Gui Martinez