Having two kids myself, I found jinbei to be some of the most versatile clothing I had for my children.  A jinbei my son wore when he was only a few months old, still fit him 2 years later.  Warashi-ko jinbei run big when babies are only a few months old, which is perfect for covering up sensitive skin. Then, jinbei can be adjusted by strings, so that jinbei fits perfect for multiple years. This, and my love of Japanese textiles, is why I decided to start making them myself. 

All jinbei are made with the highest quality hand-dyed textiles from Japan, so not only are they durable, but they get softer and softer as they get washed! Since the cloth is hand dyed, colors will fade with time, but that is part of what gives each jinbei its unique look.

Jinbei are perfect for playing outside in the summer, relaxing at home, sleeping, etc. And since you can easily layer them under or over clothes, they are great for spring and fall too!

Each jinbei is designed by me at my Brooklyn studio, and made by either me or an artisan in Japan. Each piece is unique.

- Miya Hideshima (designer and owner of warashi-ko)

stubborn about textiles

When I started warashi-ko, I went looking for the perfect textile. I knew it had to be airy and absorbent, stay strong and bright after many washes, and be able to handle anything active kids could throw at it. 

I ended up using the same hand-dyed cotton that has been used in traditional yukata (summer kinomos) for hundreds of years in Japan.


Todaya (Tokyo, Nihonbashi)

Todaya opened their business as cotton wholesaler in 1872–during Edo era (samurai period). Since 1942, Todaya has used the “chusen” technique to hand-dye yukata (summer kimonos) and tenugui (traditional hand towels). The 100% cotton, chosen by this cotton-obsessed historic shop, naturally beats everything else as material for warashi-ko j i n (jinbei = casual kimono).

Todaya produces a range of traditional and contemporary patterns throughout the year. Their colors and patterns are often surprising, but easily blend in with one another. Everyone involved with the shop contributes to creating the patterns. Some are designed by hand-dye artisans, some by employees, and even CEO contributes designs. Each textile is hand-dyed, so each one is slightly unique. 





Yuki Nogucih at Ahiroya Tenugui Exhibition | La Ronde d'Argile (Kagurazaka, Tokyo)

Yuki Nogucih at Ahiroya Tenugui Exhibition | La Ronde d'Argile (Kagurazaka, Tokyo)

Ahiroya (Tokyo)

Ahiroya is owned by Yuki Noguchi, who is also a designer of all the Ahiroya textiles. Having a background in Yuzen technique (one of kimono hand-dyeing technique), she first designed tenugui textile in 2001. Unlike old established textile shops, Noguchi did not have connection at first, so she had to cultivate everything that's needed for entering into the world of chusen dyeing - from hand-cut stencils to dying studio.


Before hand-dying.

With the “chusen” technique, the hand-dye process involves using stencils, which are hand-cut by artisans. This makes it so even straight lines have unique character. No lines are ever exactly the same, creating a fun movement to the whole image. And just imagining that each shape is hand-cut by artisans makes my heart jump.




Using the hand-cut stencils.

Unlike most machine printed textiles, where only one side is typically treated, with the "chusen" process dye goes all the way through the textile so both sides can be used. Each color is carefully applied separately to make the textile come alive.