Hand dyeing, the ultimate in craftsmanship.
We keep history and tradition alive with our painstaking attention to each piece.
Dyeing is a traditional art that has been handed down over the generations at SAPTI since our establishment in 1912 by Jinshiro Saito, himself a yuzen dyer. Our dyed goods are made using the traditional technique of hand printing with dyes. The Japanese flag is an indispensable part of our history in this regard. We dyed 90 percent of the flag dye used at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. We also opened the way to mass production with a technological innovation enabling simultaneous printing on both sides. We’re proud to have made such a contribution to the Tokyo Olympics. In addition to national and company flags, we also produce dyed shrine and temple curtains as well as craft items.
Flags and Custom Items
We produce flags of many different countries, including of course the Japanese flag with its traditional sun disc. We also painstakingly produce custom items such as company flags, flags for sports fans, and fishermen’s flags. Each item is meticulously dyed by hand, which is why they are renowned for their beautiful color, texture, and workmanship.
Shrine and Temple Curtains
We use dyeing techniques to produce curtains and banners for Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Each item is meticulously dyed by hand, which is why they are renowned for their beautiful color, texture, and workmanship.
Hanten Coats and Hand Towels
We also use dyeing techniques to produce items like hanten coats — short Japanese jackets — and hand towels. We can produce other types of accessories at your request as well. Each item is meticulously dyed by hand, which is why they are renowned for their beautiful color, texture, and workmanship.