Kondaya Genbey

History of Kondaya Genbey

1738

The first-generation Yashiro Shōgorō establishes the Minami Yashiro Kondaya in the Nishijin textile district following the Great Nishijin Fire of 1730

1868

The sixth-generation Yashiro Shōgorō passes on the seventh-generation company headship to Yamaguchi Genbey from the Matsuo district of Kyoto. He renames the company Kondaya Genbey. He is known in Nishijin as the king of obi wholesalers

1905

The company moves its headquarters to its current location on Muromachi-dōri Sanjō-sagaru

1917

Yamaguchi Genbey VII dies. He is succeeded by Yamaguchi Genbey VIII

1919

Completion of the ten-year building programme begun by Yamaguchi Genbey VIII to commemorate his achievements.

1933

Yamaguchi Genbey VIII dies. He is succeeded by Yamaguchi Genbey IX

1981

Yamaguchi Genbey IX dies. He is succeeded by the current Yamaguchi Genbey X, who concentrates the business on obi manufacture

1985

Solo exhibition by Yamaguchi Genbey X of obi made from primitive textiles sourced from different parts of Japan. Starts weaving obi using wild silk from     

           India and Southeast Asia

1994

Exhibition celebrating the 260th anniversary of the founding of the company held in a late Edo period machiya in the Rokujō district of Kyoto

1999

Exhibition entitled Kyoto Kondaya Genbey Obi and Kimono

2000

Exhibition entitled Kondaya Genbey Woven Obi

2002

Exhibitions entitled Kaguya Kono Mayu Koishimaru and Kondaya Genbey:  Karaori Obi of Supreme Quality, Koishimaru Silk and Rare Examples of Paper Fabrics exhibited alongside Literary References. Receives Nikkei MJ Award for Kaguya Kono Mayu Koishimaru. Continues with efforts to revive the use of koishimaru, a species of silkworm indigenous to Japan, and to revitalise traditional Japanese dyeing techniques

2003

Receives Japan Culture Design Award. Launches a study group to explore the symbolism of design motifs on Muromachi (1336-1573) and Momoyama (1573-1615) period clothing. Exhibition entitled Kondaya Genbey Obi Woven fromNatural Golden Maharaja Silk