Supplier Spotlight: MARUMAN Inc.
Based in the city of Nishiwaki in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, Maruman is a manufacturer specializing in yarn-dyed cotton fabrics. Nishiwaki is located in the heart of the Banshu production area, with a textile history of over two centuries. Fabrics woven here are known as “Banshu-ori,” and the Banshu area has flourished as a center for international export to various countries, including the United States, Asia, and South America.
Presently, Maruman’s forte lies in the texture quality of its fabrics, which are essentially made-to-order for clients, as per their requests specified through customized ordering and manufacturing systems. Even though the company started operations as a cotton-spinning company, they now develop textiles using all sorts of materials including paper, cupro tencel, and hemp linen in their productions. They offer an array of compact cotton fabrics for shirting and thinner cotton-tencel fabrics for women’s blouses. And because of their custom ordering scheme, designers feel at home working with them.
Maruman has earned the deep trust of Japanese and European brands for their intricately designed Jacquard fabrics, and are committed to attentive craftsmanship, working in close and detailed collaboration with fashion designers. This year the company is advertising their 3D-Jacqurad, which is a flat-textile that appears to be three dimensional after a meticulous dyeing process. All cotton yarns are sourced from Egypt, Peru, China and India, which are then spun in India, Indonesia, China, Switzerland and Italy to ensure high texture-quality.
Japan is home to regions producing a variety of materials (such as cotton, wool, washi paper, and synthetic fibers) that are unparalleled in the rest of the world. Even as the country faces the challenge of a dearth of successors, there are many areas where these techniques are continuously being bequeathed. Along with Maruman’s products, they are pleased to be able to introduce you to unique fabrics developed in Japan.