Personalize a pair of handmade denim jeans at the Betty Smith Jeans Museum & Village in Okayama's Kurashiki City! Choose your preferred pair, then make it your own by attaching buttons, rivets, leather patches, and/or other accessories to it.
The Kojima district in Okayama Prefecture's Kurashiki City is the birthplace of domestic, Japan-made jeans. The area has had a long history of growing cotton, manufacturing textiles, and indigo dyeing, so in the 1960s, some local manufacturers switched to jeans-making, leading to a denim jeans boom in the area. Betty Smith is one of Kojima's well-known denim brands. It's Japan's first domestic manufacturer of ladies' jeans, and the Betty Smith Jeans Museum & Village is Japan's oldest jeans factory. At this factory's workshop, you can customize a pair of handmade jeans to truly make it your own. Choose from a variety of stylish jeans that come in a diverse range of sizes. Then, pick some accessories — buttons, rivets, and leather patches — to sew onto your jeans. You'll get to experience some parts of the jeans-making process, such as using a sewing machine and vintage tools! The staff will also assist you, so don't worry if you have no prior sewing or crafting experience. Finally, when you're done, you can take home your finished jeans — you can even wear them right after the experience! You'll also get a tote bag as a keepsake of your experience.