Komori Graphic Technology Center (KGC)
The Komori 2018 calendar was produced using an underlying tone of colorful bingata (literally ‘red style’), the traditional Okinawan dyeing technique. ‘Red’
here refers to color in general, and ‘style’ means the various patterns. The bingata technique dates from the age of the Ryukyu Kingdom; red is the primary
color, with green, blue and yellow also used in dyeing the patterns on cotton and fine linen.
When considering the design of the calendar, I was captivated by Ryukyu culture when I visited Shuri Castle and other places in Okinawa two years ago and
a column by Yuuka Arakaki entitled “The Craft of Colorful, Exquisite Bingata.” From the desire to reproduce this technique in print, we achieved a
collaboration of dyeing and printing. Grace in Color, the title of the calendar, implies refinement in color, and the calendar itself broadly expresses Komori’s
Carrying on from last year, the cover was printed by the Impremia IS29 digital printing system, which provides digital printing that is four color and yet has
a wide gamut. The inside pages were printed entirely by H-UV offset. Against a background of vivid special colors, the distinctive bingata motifs selected
from Ms. Arakaki’s works are in the center, and the principal motif is made to stand out more by decorative printing (emphasis by patterns of full-area
varnish and coating, backgrounds of matte quality and granular patterns, and thin line patterns in a motif that reminds one of cloth). The November-
December page, in particular, achieved by a base of high gloss, smooth silver coating (K-Supply product for H-UV printing) and color printing with drip-off
effect, is finished as such a glittering, elegant work that it can be mistaken for printing on metallized paper.
For the binding, a screen printing technique from Seria Corporation, a Komori Group company, was used for the first time in this edition of the calendar.
Previously, this part has been printed by offset with a black base on white paper. The title, Grace in Color, and the Komori logo have been printed with
screen white ink on matte black paper, and the artistic line art (abstracted from bingata) has been printed with a thick raised layer of high gloss black screen
ink. Even as the months change, the binding can be appreciated all year. Look closely at the extremely fine lines and touch them with your hand.
Ultimately, it was the ideas and perspectives of women that advanced the creation of the calendar — from the initial planning stage, including design review
competitions with other calendar proposals, to design and production. Even after it was decided to use bingata and production started, Komori women
were preeminent in clarifying printing techniques, aspects of design such as the use of colors and production project management. In this regard, I believe
the impression made by this calendar is totally different, and it is sure to give a feeling of accomplishment to everyone involved.
Born 1985 in Naha, Okinawa. She was
born and raised in Okinawa. After
discovering the traditional dyeing
technique known as bingata, she found
herself enraptured by their vibrant,
never-fading colorus. She decided then
to become a bingata artist. Arakaki
studied dyeing and weaving design at
Shuri High School. After graduating, she
polished her artistic skills at Shuri Ryusen
and at Yuko Tamanaha’s bingata studio.
She also participated in the bingata
course offered by what is now the
Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center,
before making her artistic debut in 2009.
Arakaki won the top prize at the Ryugin
Bingata Design Contest for two years
running, in 2011 and 2012. She has seen
steadily increased success with her work
being selected for the Japan Fine Arts
Exhibition, exhibited three times at the
Nihon Shinkougei Exhibition, and much
more. She has also been invited to hold
solo exhibitions in various venues
including SEIBU and ISETAN, and even at
an exhibition in Uruguay. Her work has
adorned the entrance at the glitter. All
eyes are on this up-and-coming bingata
artist working in Okinawa.
• 40" Offset Printing PressLITHRONE GX40
• Model:GLX-640＋C H-UV
• 6 Printing Units + UV Coater + Extended Delivery
• 29" Sheetfed UV Inkjet Digital Printing System Impremia IS29
• 40" Offset Printing PressLITHRONE S40
• Model：LS-840＋C H-UV
• 2 Printing Units + DU + 4 Printing Units + DU + 2 Printing Units + DU + UV Coater + Extended Delivery