Miyoshi Senko, Inc.

三好染工についてabout Miyoshi Senko

Miyoshi Senko's former office building - September 1, 1937

about Miyoshi Senko,Inc.

According to my father, who passed away in 2008, Miyoshi Senko was founded at the end of the Edo period in Ogawa-dori, Oike-agaru, near the center of Kyoto City.
As the name Ogawa-(stream)dori implies, a river once flowed through this area, where high-quality water was available.
There was a tea ceremony head family upstream, and this area downstream (east side of Nijo Castle) was also called Oshiromae (front of the castle), where many families were engaged in “dyeing” for their living.

The family business was interrupted by the turmoil of the Meiji Restoration, but my grandfather revived it in 1921.
At first, the family mainly did katazome(stencil dyeing) such as komon, shima(double-sided dyeing and hand-dyed Iyo), and so on, but from the beginning of the Showa period, they began to do dyeing using a variety of techniques, including itome pattern dyeing, batik, danmaru-e, sobyo, and tie-dyeing.

Even in the chaos during and after World War II, they managed to continue their business.
In June 1963, amid the postwar kimono reconstruction, the company was reorganized as Miyoshi Senko, Inc. and has continued its business responding to the ever-changing industry.
In the meantime, my grandfather Miyoshi Jintaro and my father Miyoshi Einosuke received the Kyoto Prefecture Traditional Industry Outstanding Engineer Award in 1966 and 1987, respectively.

Miyoshi Takuo
Miyoshi Senko Inc.

  • Grandfather, Jintaro Miyoshi
  • Sanhao Dyeing Factory
  • Scenery of former workshop