Nobody really knows when Kihachijo started to be made, but records from the Muromachi-era around the 14th century allude to gifts of Kihachijo fabric made for the government of the time. In the Edo-era (1600-1868), it became a fabric by appointment to the family of the Shogun. It seems that the Hachijo Island got its name from the Kihachijo fabric. The colors yellow, brown, and black (all colors from the islandís plants and grass) used for this elegant woven silk fabric are distinctive and give it a particular sobriety. These kimono and obi still have many followers today.
Kihachijo Handbook (very rare, with real samples all different Hachijo from everywhere in Japan), Wahon finish, $800.