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Tatami

Do you know a tatami mat?
It’s a rush mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.


Originally, a tatami mat was a symbol of power and prestige, but it gradually became part of people's daily lives.
Now, most of Japanese houses have tatami rooms.
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                                                                                                              ©Takata Orimono

To learn more about tatami, we visited a tatami-beri (the border) maker Takata Orimono in Kojima, Kurashiki City.
It takes an hour and a half by car from Okayama station
If you go there by train, get off at JR Kojima station and take a taxi.
A 15 munite-drive will take you there.

Takata Orimono offers a factory tour and mini tatami making class (a booking needed).
So we booked both of them



A tatami is made up of three components: the surface material, known as the tatami-omote; the inner core, tatami-doko; and the border material, tatami-beri.

As for Tatami-beri (the border), it’s a sort of fabric which is about 8cm wide.
It makes a tatami mat durable, and it also serve as a visual accent when the tatami are laid out on the floor.
Apparently, tatami-beri made in Kojima region captures 80 percent of the market


Apart from that, this company produces more than 1000 types of tatami-beri

For instance...
These are traditional designs.
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And, here you can see modern designs.   They are so cute
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It's even possible to order your original design.


Ok, it’s time to start the factory tour
Here’s a room where tatami-beri are woven.
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                                                                                                                                          ©Takata Orimono  
                                                                           You are not supposed to take photos in the factory.
Most of the manufacturing processes are automated.
Each machine can produce 15-30m of tatami-beri per hour.


Originally, tatami-beri was made of cotton, however, it turned into synthetics these days. This factory is producing both of them though.


After we looked around the factory, we moved to a room for a tatami making class.

There are a lot of items which were made from tatami-borders.
In that room, I saw many stuff I didn’t imagine


Coin cases, card holders and belts
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I can’t believe all that  are made of tatami-beri


I also came across tatami which has unusual shapes
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I’ve never seen tatami like those before.

 
I especially like a wine bag and Hina dolls wearing tatami-beri !
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Oh, Momotaro is happy to find a coin case with his face
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After that, we tried making mini tatami mat
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These are tools you need.


First, choose your favorite tatabi-beri.
You have a lot of choice
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I selected one with cat pattern.


So, let’s start
Ms Takata showed us the ropes at first.
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Attach the tatami-omote (the surface) on the board.
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Put tatami-beri and herigami (a paper) on the board.
Then hammer nails into the board and fix them.
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Like this.


Fold herigami (a paper) and tatami-beri.
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Turn over it.
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Fold the edge of tatami-beri then fix it to the board with nails.
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Done

 

 

This is my original tatami mat
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Even though it’s small, it’s made using same materials as a regular size tatami.

It’ll come in useful when I display something like dolls or potteries on it

 

Thanks for your help, Ms Takata
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You’ll find more about tatami if you join the factory tour.

Why don’t you try it



Takata Orimono

Address : 2-2-53 Karakoto, Kojima, Kurashiki City

Tel : 086-477-7162

Factory tour schedule: ask staff when you book the tour 
                                      (generally it starts at 10:30  or  13:00)

Close : weekends and holidays

Price : (factory tour) free of charge

           (Tatami mat making) 525yen / person

The time required : factory tour   60-90mi
                                
Tatami mat making   2hours

Booking : needed (booking is acceptable until 7days before your visit)

Access : 1hour and half by car from the centre of Okayama

  15min by car from JR Kojima station

www.ohmiyaberi.co.jp/




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