Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

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Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the practitioners before her, Mitsui shreds waste fabrics into thin strips, weaving them against a fresh warp to create an entirely new cloth. In contrast with the warm, durable workwear of her forebears, however, Mitsui’s creations are unmistakably high fashion.

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“I innovated the way to utilize the waste materials and created original yarns out of waste,” she says. “These yarns can be used for both industrial-weaving loom and hand-weaving loom. Beautiful ikat patterns from waste textiles are born again as completely new and beautiful materials.”

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One Response to “Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste”

  1. jade dragon says:

    These are absolutely stunning works of art. This young designer has tapped into her rich heritage to create an original approach to fashion that is unique as well as high fashion. Where can one purchase her amazing work?

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