Tomioka Silk Brand Association

Tomioka Silk Brand Association

Tomioka Silk Brand Association was founded on May 7, 2008.
Making good use of a support program for the cooperation between sericulture and silk industry newly introduced by the Japanese government, the association federates all the people involved in these fields from silkworm raisers to silk reelers, and from silk fabric makers to silk dealers.
We work on developing and selling good-quality silk products by strengthening the cooperation between high quality cocoon producers, distributors and retailers.

Once collected, cocoons produced in Tomioka first go through a strict quality check for each silkworm raiser.
Then, they are transformed into raw silk by Usuiseishi.Co., Ltd. with “6A” rank state-of-the-art Japanese reeling machines, world’s highest rank. Finally, they are used to produce attractive items created out of our members’ original ideas and multiple efforts.
Each of our members’ products as well as Tomioka Silk Brand Association original products are for sale both at the “Tomioka Silk Gallery” inside the East Cocoon Warehouse of the Tomioka Silk Mill, and on the “Online Boutique” of our website.

Additionally, concerning our initiatives abroad, we set up a booth at the silk market (Le marché des Soies) held in the French city of Lyon, a city that used to have historical links with the Tomioka Silk Mill.
Many visitors stopped by our booth to see and touch Tomioka Silk products, some among them praising their high quality.

By issuing Tomioka Silk Brand Trademarks to Tomioka Silk Products, Tomioka Silk Brand is committed to guarantee a making process with clear traceability that shows the face of the producer.
With the motto “From traditional manufacturing to innovative manufacturing”, we aim at further development by gathering our members’ wisdom and exchanging information.


Tomioka Silk Mill and Sericulture

Japan’s cocoon production started to decrease after reaching a peak in 1930 with a production of 400,000 tons.
It dropped to 129,3 tons in 2016 and, even in Gunma, cocoon production that reached 27,440 tons in 1968 decreased sharply, reaching 45,8 tons in 2016.

Decrease in silk demand due to an inflow of low-priced raw silk and silk products from abroad, a lack of successors due to changes in the social structure, as well as an evolution from Japanese clothing to Western clothing are cited as causes of this decline.

In June 2014, the registration of the « Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites”on the World Heritage List made silk leap into the spotlight again and public attention increased greatly.
The value of the Tomioka Silk Mill as a World Heritage site depends on our capacity to maintain the sericulture industry for the next generations.
In a time when Jananese sericulture industry is steadily declining, Tomioka – city of the Tomioka Silk Mill – is strengthening measures to keep sericulture from dying, together with the 12 farmers that continue to protect it.
In recent years, private companies, local organizations and members of the program for regional revitalization through sericulture have also joined us, giving birth to new forms of sericulture and contributing to double the production of cocoons in 4 years with 8.5 tons in 2018.

By making upstream industries represented by sericulture and silk reeling cooperate with downstream industries represented by production and marketing, the Tomioka Silk Brand Association aims at promoting a sustainable sericulture.

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