Suzusan, the fusion of refined tradition and modern design. Hiroyuki Murase, the eldest son, started to create the first scarves from the hand-made fabrics produced by his family in Japan in 2007. Hiroyuki Murase was able to transfer their cultural meaning into a modern European context, thus developing the basis for the product line Suzusan Accessories.

The roots of the Suzusan label lie in the Japanese town of Arimatsu, where we, the Murase family, have been refining textiles with the traditional shibori technique for over 100 years.

Shibori is a traditional Japanese textile finishing technique that has been used in the country for over 400 years and involves refining fabrics through extremely intricate handwork. In it, parts of the textile surface are tied, sewn or folded before dyeing. Through this careful manipulation of the textiles, subsequent dyeing yields flowing colour gradients and contrasts, and even three-dimensional patterns and structures. The production process has remained practically unchanged throughout centuries and is reminiscent of a village production chain. Before completion, a textile will typically pass through four of five different pairs of hands.


“Don’t just keep the tradition – create it.” Under this motto, Hiroyuki Murase, designer at Suzusan and the oldest son in the Murase family, aims to prevent both the family tradition and the Japanese shibori craft from drifting into oblivion. In 2008, he founded the Suzusan design company in Düsseldorf and used his Suzusan Luminaires and Suzusan Accessoires collections to place the ancient Japanese craft in a modern, Western context.

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