Yamma Sangyo is a totally new kind of apparel company that started in 2008, when they decided to ask the elderly in the region to sew for them instead of mass-producing items at a factory.
Yamazaki has been using Aizu-momen (cotton made in Aizu) since 2009, when she had an epiphany: “We already work with seamstresses and tailors we know in person, why don’t we also use the local fabric produced by the local factory?” Since then, Yamma Sangyo mainly produces clothes made of locally manufactured Aizu-momen from the Harayama Orimono Factory, which is one of the only two Aizu-momen companies that still exist in Japan. When the president of the factory, Mr. Harayama, passed away, Yamazaki and the Harayama family created HARAPPA inc. to keep the existing family business running. Harappa has got the original textile factory back up and running except for its dyeing facility, which Harappa is working hard to restore and re-open.
Yamma Sangyo and HARAPPA will introduce scarves, bags and everyday clothes made of traditional Aizu-momen. Thanks to the wisdom of generations of local people living in the northern parts of Japan surrounded by mountains, where the seasons range from hot and humid to snowy, this cotton fabric is made in such a way that it is cool in summer and warm in winter. The items are durable, feel good next to your skin, and are made so that you can enjoy them every day.