Kondaya Genbey

History of Kondaya Genbey


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Exhibition entitled Kyoto Kondaya Genbey Obi and Kimono


Exhibition entitled Kondaya Genbey Woven Obi


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


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