Written By – Erica Matsui
All the products use distinct and unique Japanese textile with beautiful designs. These designs are traditional and have their roots in ancient Japanese history. This fabric is used for traditional clothing such as Kimono and other small products.
New items all the time! This store never stops updating. Within the past month they have released two new items: masks and bolo ties. Tokita Kobo, which translates to the Tokita craft factory, is truly a progressive factory that meshes the old fabric with new designs and ways to use the kimono fabric.
These products have an amazing backstory. The creator, Yuki Tokita is from Japan and has a background in the traditional Japanese art of Sado, or tea rituals. She naturally learned these skills as her grandmother was a tea ceremony master. During these practices, she was exposed to many different colors and patterns of kimonos that were worn. However, it was Yuki’s grandmother’s words that pushed and inspired Yuki to make Tokita Kobo.
“ Skills are very precious for us to survive in our life. Learn any skills to share with people”
After she came to Canada, she saw the lack of Japanese designs, which inspired her to make products in Canada in order to spread the Japanese culture. With her grandmother’s words, Yuki realized the importance of making modern items with a flavour of her own culture.