We provide hand weaving, Jacquard waving, leno weaving, dobby weaving with our hand-dyed yarn made at the studio.
About silk ribbon weaves
Creative Workshop ITOASOBI’s original textiles are made with woven silk ribbons of 4mm wide and used them in both warp and weft.
Process 1. Dying ribbon yarns
Our ribbon yarns are dyed in our studio by hands using the same techniques as the hand dyed Kasuri, known for Japanese traditional ikat.
This dying process gives very soft gradation of colours because of the blends of 4 multi colours that are dyed by hands.
Process 2. Drying
We dry the yarns in the shades.
Once they are dried, we iron out the winkles in the ribbons, one by one, and wind them to the silk frames and corns. These processes are done at least two times.
Process 3. Warping
We set the corns of winded silk ribbon yarns for a day onto the sands. In this way, the yarns get rested and moistened naturally.
This process will help to avoid the yarns to get tangled. This is the very unique technique that was developed in our region, Tango, because of its humidity and the quality of the soil.
Finally we set the ribbon yarns to the warping machine. The ribbon yarns are warped carefully and this process is not shown to the public.
Process 4. Setting the warp and weaving
Weaving process requires a lot of attention to the ribbon yarns not to be twisted.
When the ribbon yarns are used in both warp and weft, the textiles are woven by hands. The maximum width of the hand woven textiles is 75cm. It will take at least a day to weave 2‐3 meters even for a very skilled weaver.
Using the ribbon yarns only for the warp and silk yarns for the weft, also the textiles of 100cm wide can be woven by shuttle looms. Even with the automatic shuttle looms, we can weave only 10‐12 meters. It requires controlling the speed of the rotations to 70rpm to avoid the ribbon warps to be twisted.
Our textiles are available in both hand woven and machine woven depending on the demands. We weave both types of textiles paying attentions to the warps not to be twisted.
The most characteristic of ITOASOBI’s textiles is to use the hand dyed ribbon yarns of multi coloured in both warp and weft and weave them by hands avoiding the warp to be twisted.
Using the jacquard looms, it gives the complex texture of blended colours and also softness and lightness to the textiles. Every process and production is done completely by hands in our studio.
Jacquard fabric, originally means J.F. Jacquard (France, 1752-1834), is the fabric that was made by Jacquard loom.
Jacquard loom is the machine to weave the fabrics with the direction of the punch cards which are thick paper with holes.
With the punch cards, it can direct every single warp to weave and create complex patterns.
With Jacquard loom, you can weave regardless of the size and the complexity of the pattern.
With Leno weaving, a single warp entangles one or two warps and weft, and it makes a space in the fabric.
There are several kinds of Leno weaving such as Ra, Ro, and Sa. It is also called twisted weaving since it entangles.
It passes air well and can be stretched diagonally since the warp is thick made by twisted threads and the stitch is coarse.
With Dobby weaving machine, it weaves warps with 2 to 16 boards.
It is a suitable option to weave small rhombus, stripes patterns, and tiny simple patterns (2, 3 mm).