Japanese Weaves and Knits
Japan is home to many textile producing regions. Broadly speaking, these regions focus on either weaves or knits. To produce woven fabric, two distinct sets of threads—the warp and the weft—are interlaced at right angles. Knit fabric is produced by creating a series of intertwined loops from a single strand of yarn. Weaves and knits each employ a different set of tools, and the look and feel of these two fabrics varies greatly depending on the type of thread and yarn used.
Clean, reliable water is essential for dyeing fibres and fabrics, and most areas with thriving textile industries are located near abundant sources of water. The Japanese islands run north to south in a long archipelago, and this topography has led over the centuries to textile production cultures suited specifically to different. Each culture produces a distinctive type of textile, from fabrics woven on looms so old they are no longer even manufactured, to fabrics produced with the latest cutting-edge technology in knitting machines. We invite you to experience all the allure of the weaves and knits crafted in Japan.
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