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200年以上の歴史を誇る
伝統工芸品 久留米絣。

19世紀初めに、一切れの木綿のかすれた糸をヒントに、12歳の少女・井上伝によって始められました。明治時代以降では、庶民の衣服として日本全国で愛用されるまでになりました。

資料提供:久留米市教育委員会

初代社長を支えた
マキおばあちゃん

大正6年(1917)百軒以上が軒を並べ、毎日数百もの行商人が往来していた久留米問屋街(現・あきない通り)に一軒の商店が誕生しました。主は、糸・繊維製品の卸売業を営む西原子之吉と妻マキ。それが西原糸店の前身「西原商店」です。

火攻め・水攻めにも屈せず
西原糸店として再スタート

昭和20年(1945)、久留米も大空襲を受けます。一面焼け野原となり、当然店も全焼。それでも商売を辞めることはなく、親戚宅の生き残った木をもらい、移築する形で再び店を構え、糸・繊維製品の卸売業を再開しました。それから着実に堅実に商売を続け、昭和26年(1951)には株式会社西原糸店として登記。しかしその2年後、再び苦難が訪れます。昭和28年(1953)の西日本水害により1階部分が全浸水。それでも初代、2代目の必死の努力によって復興、時代の波に揉まれながらも、3代目に引き継ぎ、看板を守り続けてきました。そんな過去を忘れることのないよう「火攻め・水攻めに遭い、それでも守り続けたお店」と代々語り継いでいます。

創業100周年を迎えて

4代目からは、より地域の人々に役に立ち、愛されるお店となるために小売業をスタート。5代目若旦那を中心に新商品の開発を行い、店頭にはたくさんの久留米絣のアイテムが並ぶようになりました。平成23年、店の一角に駄菓子屋さんをオープン。平成25年にはお客様の憩いの場となるように、大きな暖簾がシンボルとなる新社屋が完成。平成29年、おかげさまで創業100周年を迎えることができました。

地域を愛し、久留米絣の新しい魅力を発信した、5代目若旦那 西原健太

大学を卒業後、地元久留米を離れ、一般企業に就職した若旦那。久留米を離れることで久留米の宝である久留米絣の魅力に気付かされました。地元に戻り、4代目とともに、久留米絣の魅力をもっと若い人たちにも知ってほしいと、若者向けの商品のセレクトに加え、新たなオリジナル商品作りに励みました。
特にメンズ商品の開発に力を入れ、久留米絣のオーダーメードスーツを発表すると、久留米絣のイメージを一新し、軽くて着心地の良い久留米絣の風合いを残しつつ、モダンで斬新な久留米絣の新しい形として、少しずつお客様に受け入れられていきました。
志半ば、40年という短い人生でしたが、久留米に戻り走り続けた17年間は、久留米絣と、西原糸店の未来をつなぐ架け橋となりました。

久留米絣を
KURUME KASURIへ

歴史を絶やすことなく、伝統工芸を次世代へ、世界へつなぐ久留米絣の新しいカタチ「NeuWavy」

100年後の未来まで、ご縁の糸がつながってきますように。

Boasts a history of
200 years
Traditional craft
Kurume Kasuri

It was started in the early 19th century by a 12-year-old girl, Inoue Den, inspired by a piece of cotton faint thread. Since the Meiji era, it has been used habitually throughout Japan as clothing for the common people.

Source: Kurume City Board of Education

Supported the first president
Maki grandma

In 1917, more than 100 shops were lined up, and a shop was opened in Kurume wholesaler district (currently Akinai-dori), where hundreds of hawkers came and went every day. The main players are Nokichi Nishi, who runs a wholesale business of yarn and textile products, and his wife Maki. That is Nishihara Shoten, the predecessor of Nishihara Itoten.

Do not succumb to fire and water attacks
Restarted as Nishihara thread shop

In 1945, Kurume was also hit by a large air raid. It became a one-sided burnt field, and of course the store was completely burned down. Even so, he did not quit his business, received the surviving trees from his relatives' home, relocated the store, and resumed the wholesale business of yarn and textile products. Since then, it has steadily and steadily continued its business, and in 1951, it was registered as Nishihara Itoten Co., Ltd. However, two years later, hardships will come again. The first floor was completely flooded due to the flooding in western Japan in 1953. Even so, despite the desperate efforts of the first and second generations, the reconstruction and the waves of the times rubbed it, the third generation took over and continued to protect the signboard. In order not to forget such a past, we have handed it down from generation to generation as "a shop that has been hit by fire and water attacks and still protected."

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of our founding

From the 4th generation, we started the retail business to become a store that is more useful and loved by the local people. We have developed new products centered on the 5th generation Wakadanna, and many Kurume kasuri items are now lined up in stores. In 2011, a candy store was opened in a corner of the store. In 2013, a new office building with a large curtain as a symbol will be completed so that it will be a place of relaxation for customers. In 2017, we were able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our founding.

Kenta Nishihara, the 5th generation young husband who loved the area and transmitted the new charm of Kurume Kasuri

After graduating from university, a young husband who left his hometown of Kurume and got a job at a general company. By leaving Kurume, I realized the charm of Kurume Kasuri, which is a treasure of Kurume. Returning to my hometown, along with the 4th generation, I worked hard to create new original products in addition to selecting products for young people so that younger people could know the charm of Kurume Kasuri.
In particular, when we focused on the development of men's products and announced a custom-made suit of Kurume Kasuri, we renewed the image of Kurume Kasuri, leaving the texture of Kurume Kasuri that is light and comfortable to wear, while keeping the texture of Kurume Kasuri modern and innovative. As a new form, it was gradually accepted by customers.
It was a short life of 40 years in the middle of my ambition, but for 17 years when I returned to Kurume and continued running, it became a bridge connecting Kurume Kasuri and the future of Nishihara Itoten.

久留米絣 to
KURUME KASURI

"Neu Wavy", a new form of Kurume Kasuri that connects traditional crafts to the next generation and the world without losing history

May the thread of the edge be connected until the future 100 years from now.

創立100周年 記念ムービー (2018年制作)

100th Anniversary Movie (2018 production)

所在地〒830-0023 福岡県久留米市中央町35番地の1
営業時間10:00~18:00
定休日火曜日・日曜日・祝日
TEL0942-34-1861
FAX0942-34-1862
MAILinfo@nishihara-itoten.co.jp
Address35-1, Chuomachi, Kurume-Shi, Fukuoka, 830-0023, Japan
Business hours10:00~18:00
Regular holidayTuesdays and Sunday and public holidays
TEL+81-942-34-1861
FAX+81-942-34-1862
MAILinfo@nishihara-itoten.co.jp