The History of Torii Co., Ltd.
In early Meiji era, Torii was established as a distributor of woven textiles and mounting goods. Since then we have walked hand in hand with the development of the art of mounting.
The textile used in mounting is called kireji in Japanese. Kireji has mainly been woven in the areas of Nishijin and Tango, where numerous fabrics have been produced using sophisticated weaving techniques.
Among the figured textiles used in mounting, there is the gorgeous and elegant kinran, which incorporates gold-threads, and has a sturdy thickness to it, and there is the donsu, which exuberates classiness with its use of less obtrusive colors, but still has a beautiful and supple silky shine.
A hanging scroll is an object of fine art, made to decorate and preserve a picture or a calligraphy. It is the task of the mounter to create the hanging scroll. The painter or calligrapher will give the piece of art to the mounter, who then mounts it, by combining it with fabrics. The mounting of the art piece is a gesamtkunstwerk created through principles of high esthetics, giving the precious work of art its deserved beauty, while staying solemn, also taking in to account the surrounding where the scroll is to be displayed.
The hanging scroll is a way of displaying precious art meant to be seen in company with others, meant to convey the right attitude. The viewer is to “look up to and respect” the hanging scroll. It represents a highly attractive aspect of Japanese culture.
Our company has a stock of approximately 2000 different fabrics at all times, and are providing both mounters and frame shops with their stocks.
Customers can choose from a variety of fabrics, but we can also create original patterns according to the purpose.
After deciding on the materials, patterns, etc., we can either cooperate with manufacturers who then will create them, or we can produce the fabric by ourselves.
At present, we are also contributing to the restoration of cultural properties in temples and shrines, and museums throughout the country.