Welcome to Shugei Craft (手芸).
Our mission is to make the beautiful, high quality crafting supplies of Japan more accessible to the artists and crafters of the world, no matter where they live or what language(s) they speak.
Shugei (pronounced shoo-geh) is a Japanese word meaning handicraft. It is written in Japanese as 手芸, combining the character for hand (手) with the character for technique (芸).
Hello! I'm Jess, the owner of Shugei Craft. My husband Matthew and I have always loved Japan. The culture, the language, the landscape - it's all so unique and amazing that we keep returning over and over again. And as an artist and creative type, I've personally always been fascinated by the really strong crafting culture.
Our business journey began when I opened a small handmade purse shop on Etsy in 2011 under the name Nekomata Textiles. My purses were made from recycled clothing on the outside and beautiful, unique fabric on the inside. More often than not, the interior fabrics I used were from Japan, and I soon came to the realization that what I really enjoyed was searching out and collecting cool Japanese fabrics - maybe even more than making the purses themselves. And so Shugei Craft was born at the intersection of all my loves - Japan, crafting, and collecting beautiful things.
Over the years we've expanded both our web presence (although you can still find us on Etsy here) and our product offerings. We currently stock a small, carefully curated selection of fabrics, tapes, and embroidery supplies from your favorite Japanese brands.
We hope you enjoy your time perusing our shop!
Jess & Matthew
Shugei Craft is based in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, USA. We're online-only at the moment, but we hope to one day open a physical shop where we can meet our lovely customers in person!