Silk products have been a part of life in Japan for a very long time. From kimono’s to lifestyle products. Here we introduce the products made from the authentic Japanese silk. The technique, spinning yarn threads by hand from a loosen cocoon called “floss silk”, which is made by spreading boiled cocoons .
About for 25 days, a silkworm grows by repeating terms to be fed mulberry leaves to stay still as if sleeping called “process of molting” .
Hand Reeling: For valuable fabrics utilized cocoons’ natural feature and texture.
Put the cocoons into a boiled water and make them soft and reel yarn threads from the cocoons with twisting. This hand working technique called “Zaguri” (1) is an origin of automated reeling by using the automatic silk reeling machine which is mainly used for reeling at present.
The technique is to spin yarn threads by hand from a loosen cocoon called “floss silk”. As a raw silk having a delicate texture is needed to make Yuki Tsumugi (pongee), this traditional technique is used for the fabric.
The primitive way of weaving that had been handed down from 1500 years ago is the back-strap hand loom. They must use their whole body as a weaving machine, weaveing with pulling a warp yarn by using a waist. Another is the technique called TAKAHATA hand loom, the upper and lower thread of a warp yarn are switched by depressing right and left pedals alternately. These two way's of weaving need high skills and take a‹ long time to complete a bolt of fabric because all weaving process is manual work.
Back Strap Hand loom:
Takahata loom type:
From here the silk is dyed and a pattern is created for it's purpose it. This painstaking process is worth it because Japanese silk has a completely different feel to it and is more refined. At our store we have silks for tenugi, placement mats, and decoration.