Maito Design Works



  1. Displays expertise in plant-based dyeing.
  2. Hold workshops to share the benefits of plant-based dyeing.
  3. Continuance of a Japanese traditional.

SOC 2★: Focus and contiuance of traditional Japanese plant-based dyes
ENV 1★: Dyes are plant-based, having minimal impact on environment
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Maito Design Works captures our hearts with plant-based-dyed fashion

Maito is another company based in Tokyo, Japan. This company aims to bring out the best in Japanese traditions while also being mindful to the environment.

Maito believes that clothes made in a natural way have a different feel than those that are made with chemical components. Furthermore, the company has done an excellent job in bringing products to customers that are fair trade and use organic cotton. Maito’s clothing is also considered to be sustainable, and they have gone above and beyond to care about the environment.

Instead of going the mainstream route, the company’s garments also use plant-based dyes. According to the designers, plant-based dyes have a different human touch than chemical dyes, which are used in many fast fashion and corporate brands. This also helps carry weight to Maito’s determination to adhere to Japanese tradition. Plant-based dyes have been used in Japan for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

When knitting, Maito uses technology to make 3D knitted garments so as to better compliment the human body and in order to create knits using the minimum amount of thread. This helps reduce the waste of fabric in their fabrication process. Their vast amount of clothing, which focuses primarily on female consumers, ranges from bags, scarves, cardigans and more.

Originally published on Zenbird Media.


(updated 10 Feb 2023)

Brand name Maito Design Works
Genre Organic Cotton, Plant-based dyes
Website Homepage (JA)

Kuramae Main Store
111-0051 Tokyo, Taito City, Kuramae, 4 Chome−20−12

Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Store
150-0043 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Dogenzaka, 1 Chome−2−3

Maito 2k540 Store
5 Chome-9-20 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005

Online store is available too.

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Kuramae Main Store

Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Store

Maito 2k540 Store

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Kuramae Main Store
11:30 am ~ 6:30 pm
Closed on Monday

Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Store
10 am ~ 9 pm

Maito 2k540 Store
11 am ~ 7 pm
Closed on Wednesday

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