Kurashiki city is well known to be the home of Japanese Denim. Historically however, Kurashiki was and still is the production capital of canvas in Japan.
Nearly 70% of all canvas production comes from Kurashiki alone. Established in 1888, Takeyari Canvas are one of the few brands to-date that have continued to develop their proprietary fabrics for over 130 years.
Renowned for its water-resistance, durability and breathability, Hanpu canvas was once produced solely for sails used on ships. It is thanks to these properties that canvas from Kurashiki has established itself as a valuable and high-quality fabric base for use in garments today.
Canvas fabrics range from No.1 to No. 11, with the smallest number using the highest amount of twisted threads. The No 1. fabric has a total of 8 threads, making it the thickest and most durable out of the fabric range.
Currently, Takeyari Canvas is the only brand in the world that produces No. 1-3 fabrics thanks to the vintage picanol shuttle looms that are still operational in their factories.
These vintage shuttle looms are capable of painstakingly producing up to 70m of canvas fabric per work day, approximately 10% slower than modern looms. Takeyari have maintained this production process with the focus being solely on weaving the finest and durable canvas.
Each backpack is produced through the adjustment of multiple sample stages, to provide the perfect balance of functionality and portability.
The Tiger Canvas 25L Backpack
features multiple compartments, such as the protective laptop sleeve, stationary holders and two exterior PET bottle holders.
The proprietary 'Tiger' canvas which is used as the base fabric for their backpacks and tote bags is coated in heavily processed paraffin, often used to coat tents used in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
Not only is this coating water-resistant but provides protection against the suns's UV rays which are detrimental to fabrics through prolonged exposure.
While the fabric feels quite rough and hard brand new, this gradually softens up through extended use.
The fabric face exhibits a textured look when new, a telltale sign of the paraffin coating which is used.