Sengoro (千五郎) Matsui Established a Textile Business in 1868

明治元年、引網村(現在の唐琴)で代々同地方きっての豪農として栄えてきた松井家の松井千五郎が、明治維新の到来と同時に新しい時代があけるのをみとおし、綿袴地を主として帯子(たいず)などの織物業として創業。初代 千五郎は誠実な手織と実直な商いで織物業に励みました。その後二代目 松井松三郎が父の後を受け継ぎ、渋川や日比方面(現在の玉野市)へも商圏を拡げて、多くの取引先や下請け業者と取引をするようになり、地元の児島をはじめ京都、大阪、兵庫など遠方の問屋にも納品して商売を成功させていきました。その結果、二代目 松三郎は不動の信用と富を得ました。
The Matsui family flourished as the wealthiest farmers for generations in the village of Hikiami (currently Karakoto). In 1868, the first year of the Meiji Period, Sengoro Matsui of this family foresaw a new generation coming along with the Meiji Restoration and established a textile business focusing on cotton hakama skirt fabric and producing items such as taizu belts. Sengoro led the first generation pouring his efforts into the textile business with unfeigned hand weaving and steady dealings. Matsusaburo Matsui of the second generation succeeded his father and expanded the business region to Shibukawa as well as the Hibi area (currently Tamano City) dealing with more clients and sub-contractors. The business was successful in receiving orders from nearby Kojima as well as far away warehouses including those in Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo. This resulted in Matsusaburo of the second generation gaining an unshakeable trust and wealth.

二代目の長女、イワの婿であった松井源太郎が三代目 松井松三郎を襲名。松井家の分家にあたる松井武平(ぶへい)氏に大正10年頃から畳縁を学び、大正から昭和にかけて畳縁やゲートルの大量生産を開始しました。その後各地に販路を開拓して事業を拡大させていきましたが、昭和16年に勃発した戦争によりすべての製織機械を廃棄、住友通信機工業の協力工場として同工場でも飛行機部品の製造が行われ、昭和19年に「児島通信機工業株式会社」として法人化しました。
The eldest Matsui daughter from the second generation married Gentaro Matsui who took on the name Matsusaburo Matsui and started the third generation. He started learning tatami mat bordering from Buhei Matsui who is part of the Matsui family from 1921 which led to the mass production of tatami mat borders as well as leggings throughout the 20th century. After that, sales routes were developed all over the country which led to an increase in business. However, the outbreak of war in 1941 led to scrapping of all the weaving machinery to make room for aircraft part production in the same factory as a subcontractor of Sumitomo Tsushinki Industries which was later incorporated into Kojima Tsushinki Industries in 1944.

Growing with the Leading Tatami Mat Border Manufacturers in Japan

終戦を迎えた昭和20年に「児島産業株式会社」へ称号変更。農機具及び金属製日用品の製造販売を行い、昭和23年頃から四代目 松井忠雄が中心となって織物業を再開させ昭和26年現在の「松井織物株式会社」へ組織変更しました。
The company changed its name to Kojima Industries when the war ended in 1945. They produced and distributed agricultural equipment and metal goods for daily use. From 1948, Tadao Matsui from the fourth generation became the focal point bringing the textile business back to life. In 1951, the name was changed to the current Matsui Orimono .

その後5代目 松井孝雄が受け継ぎ、現在は7代目 松井克爾(かつじ)社長が地元ジーンズメーカーと共同企画した「ジーンズ縁パッチ」や、ポケットモンスター*などのキャラクターをモチーフにした縁柄を取り入れるなど新しい取り組みにも挑戦して、代々受け継いだ技術を活かしながら質の高い畳縁製品の製造を行い、畳縁製造の8割を占める児島地区においてパイオニアカンパニーとして伝統ある老舗の看板を守り続けています。
Tadao Matsui from the fourth generation utilized his superior business skills to expand his customer base nationwide. At the same time in which Matsui Orimono grew to be the number one manufacturer of tatami mat borders in Japan, they were hiring many sewing technicians who came in masses for work from places such as Sanin and Kyushu in order to establish a production system which produced everything at their plants.
During these times, Matsui Orimono provided assistance such as paying for school entrance fees and tuition at schools including part-time high schools and culture workshops to learn skills such as flower arrangement, tea ceremony, dressmaking and knitting in order to provide a high level of refinement for their workers while they were employed. Takao Matsui of the fifth generation succeeded the business and the current president Katsuji Matsui of the seventh generation is taking on new endeavors such as “jeans border patches” in collaboration with a local jeans manufacturer and incorporating border designs with character motifs such as Pokémon*. Matsui Orimono has been producing high quality tatami mat borders while utilizing its technology which has been passed down for generations. They continue to maintain their long standing traditions as a pioneer company in the Kojima area which accounts for 80% of tatami mat border production.
The licensing agreement with Pokémon has already finished.