MOTHERHOUSE

FACTORY

WELCOME TO MATRIGHOR Welcome to MOTHERHOUSE's own factory, Matrigol!

  • Matrigol, our own factory, is located in Bangladesh, in South Asia.
    It takes about 10 hours from Japan via Hong Kong or Thailand by plane.
    We hope you will enjoy the factory tour.

  • Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, is the most densely populated city in the world.
    Rickshaws, cars and buses all share roads.

  • It takes about 2 hours from Dhaka to Matrigol.
    Buses and rickshaws start running from the early morning
    you can hear horns honking throughout the city.

  • In markets, fresh vegetables and fruits are sold by their weight.
    Fruits grown in Bangladesh are very juicy
    mangoes are especially delicious.

  • Finally, Matrigol.
    It started with one employee in 2008
    and has changed location several times since then.

  • Our bags begin with a first sample based on a rough pattern drawn by our designer, Yamaguchi.
    She spends half of the year in this sample room, designing and developing materials.

  • Our sewing section is divided into a lining group, a leather group and a cloth group.
    Each group uses different types of sewing machines.
    Also, every section has a leader who regularly checks in on progress and product quality.

  • Most of the work to make our bags is done by hand.
    Reports from our shops are sent to the factory daily, letting us know our customers’ opinions and helping us improve our work.

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    Time for lunch.
    Some stay and have lunch in the factory,
    but as most live closeby, some eat at home.
    Biliyani, as seen here, is a popular choice.
    It’s a lot like curry.

  • Now let us introduce some of our staff. First we have Monjurani, in charge of sewing. She came to our factory when it had only 5 employees.

    Being able to sew even the thickest of leather using a special machine, her sewing skills are the best in the factory. Through inviting us to her son’s wedding, and providing production with wood supplied from her husband, her whole family feels closely involved with our company.

  • Next is Mithu, one of the two supervisors in our factory.

    He is shy and not particularly good at talking in front of people, but he is a superior craftsman. He is able to calmly give proper instructions to his subordinates.

    He visited Japan in 2014. "I’ll never forget how special it was to be able to speak directly with our customers”, he says, continually supporting the factory.

  • Here are some pictures from the lunch break. The man tossing that ball in cricket is Kal, one of our drivers. Able to get through any traffic or disorder, his driving skills have earned everyone's trust.

    He drove a three-wheeled taxi called a CNG when the factory was still small, but the car he drives continues to get bigger and bigger as the factory grows.

  • Here’s another picture from lunch. This girl taking a nap is Lima. She works in the inspection room.

    She is all business when she is working, but her sleeping face makes her look like a child.

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    This is Morched, a sample master, who has worked here since 2008.
    When he joined, the factory had only 6 employees and was located in Dhaka.

    Since then, that number has grown to 160, and his job has extended to monitoring all production.

    He visited Japan in 2010, which was his longtime dream. Being able to have spoken with customers is his greatest memory.

    "I realized that we can make dreams come true in this factory", he said.

  • Finally, here is a picture of a special memory.
    Notice the New Year's decorations on the ceiling.
    The factory employees went to the local market to buy decorations, then fixed the place up.
    Matrigol is like a second home, brought together by countless small miracles.

How was Matrigol?

Our employees often ask "I wonder what our customers will think."
They work while imagining a customer’s smile when they hold our product. They push each other to do the best work they can.

To show potential of developing countries to the world.

We will keep moving forward step by step to carry out this mission which we have had since our foundation in 2006.

Eriko Yamaguchi, CEO and Chief Designer