TWO-WAY STRETCH for ATHLEISURE
Hataoka is known for its production of two-way stretch fabrics. The company is located in Fukui - a city that creates woven textiles made of filament acetate yarn.
With the use of eco-friendly materials such as Triacetate-mix and eco-polyester, this fabric will retain its original shape even after it stretches.
The materials are woven by using both traditional Air-jet and Water-Jet Weaving looms which flies the weft in the air.
TRIACETATE 〜MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL〜
Soalon is a triacetate filament produced proprietarily in the world by Mitsubishi Chemical Co., Ltd.
The triacetate yarn "SOALON is both sustainable and traceable. It is exclusively produced at Mitsubishi chemical's factory which has obtained FSC® COC certification (FSC-C137186).
The image below shows the creating process of Triacetate woven.
It combines the unique beauty of natural pulp with flexible material properties created through the power of science.
Triacetate filaments are suitable for womenswear because of its soft texture and rich draping.
EXCLUSIVE JERSEY Incorporated by TRADITIONAL PRINTING METHOD
〜NUMAJIRI TEXTILE LABORATORY〜
Numajiri Textile Laboratory is known for its techniques using the traditional Japanese printing method, "chu-sen" while creating high-quality products with a rich variety of texture and vibrant color.
By blending together traditional and modern techniques, Numajiri Textile Laboratory uses its expertise to create unique jersey materials with 100-year old tools.
Speck dyeing: A special technique that creates a distinctive pattern in which dye is sporadically covered on a garment.
This technique cannot be achieved with traditional dyeing.
This photo shows the process of a traditional Japanese color dyeing technique.
THE WORLD'S THINNEST SILK 〜SAIEI SILK〜
Fairy Feather is the thinnest yarn-dyed silk fabric. It is made of ultra-fine silk threads with a thinness of 8 denier in diameter, equaling to 1/6 of the diameter of a hair (50 denier).
Saiei developed evolutionally 3D Silk.
Serving as the gateway to the Michinoku Province, Fukushima is renowned for its beautiful landscapes such as Mount Bandai and Lake Iwashiro, as well as its position as Japan's leading silk production center.
Fairy Feather development took Saiei Silk four continuous years to perfect. Using specially crafted cocoons made with three molts of silkworms instead of four, Saiei is able to create fibers that are finer and as supple as a spider's thread.
WOVEN TEXTILES Incorporated by TRADITIONAL SILK BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY 〜OMIYA Co.,LTD〜
Sanjiku is Japanese for "three Spindles". SANJIKU is Omiya's propriety brand name for products utilizing special silk textiles that are woven in intricate patterns.
The end result is a unique color gradation that moves in three directions.
"Kyo Kumihimo" is a craft technique used to make braided string from threads. Its history is believed go back more than a thousand years. The elegant braided strings have been used for decorations in temples, shrines and for fashion accessories for the Imperial Family of Japan.
Traditionally, SANJIKU is woven with silk, however, Omiya is now able to knit with cotton.
This new method creates a fluffy and soft texture.
Omiya uses the last two circular machines in the world that measures five meters in diameter and three meters high, which creates their distinct fabrication and patterns.
The traditional machine can only use paper punch cards to produce patterns.
The image below shows the artisan is creating the paper puch cards.
PRINTING 〜DESIGN HOUSE KAZE〜
Printing methods were derived from Yuzen Kimono Culture in the 17th century.
Based on historical Japanese culture, Kyoto has been known for its traditional innovation and textile printing, alongside unrivaled inkjet printing techniques used by artisans. The Atelier was established and is owned by an artistic family.
The designers' original artwork is then printed on authentic Japanese fabrics by artisans.
Three-dimensional design is particularly popular.
This effect is created by printing a design on two layers of fabric.
The image below shows a designer free handing painting on a base fabric that is resist printed. This helps to create a three-dimensional effect.
HEAVY OZ SELVAGE DENIM 〜KUROKI DENIM〜
Denim Mill in the Okayama Region where they have access to a natural spring water supply, which allows the production of rich indigo dyes and soft fabrics. The entire production process is done at the Mill in Okayama including original cotton yarns developed from organic cotton.
Their years of experience and easy access to a superior natural water source in Ibara city allows them to produce a wide range of denim weights from 5oz to 28.5oz with a variety of colors in the warp. Kuroki is the only mill that can produce 28.5 oz. heavy denim in the world.
The selvage denim with 9 oz linen in the weft, which allows stretch without losing classic denim qualities. To make this one of a kind denim, Kuroki spent more than two years developing two types of yarn thickness with different Indigo colors in the warp which allow for a stubby texture and perfecting the fabrication process.
Kuroki has developed original cotton yarns (from organic cotton) and use 100% natural indigo dye while maintaining the vibrant indigo color.