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Mar 3, 2018 UPDATE

The Meister of Nishijin KYOTO

Nishijin OriNishijin Ori or Nishijin weave, which is characterized by great variety artisanal productions made […]

Nishijin Ori

Nishijin Ori or Nishijin weave, which is characterized by great variety artisanal productions made in small quantities, is the general term given to the patterned pre-dye fabric (sakizome) produced in Kyoto (Nishijin).Designated a national traditional artisanal craft on February the 26th of 1976 Nishijin textile houses superb design and techniques continue to thrive increasing creativity and expressiveness since the Heian Period.One of the features of Nishijin Ori technique is pre-dye fabric pattern (textile woven with dyed threads)Hence the necessity of various processes into the threads before weaving.Most of these processes are done dividing these processes by different specialized professional hands.This time we will introduce part of the process, "press cutting" of the material

Work Process:


1、Placing paper between the parallel threads that make the fabric pattern, overlaying paper until it piles around 1 cm thick. Various kinds of paper are stacked together. Paying close attention not to damaging the weaving paper.


2、Spreading oil over the overlaying paper. Doing it so will ease the press cutting process while protecting the blades. And at the same time, it also protects the final delicate yarns.


3、If the papers to be stacked are all of a softer kind, the blade sinks in uneven and does not result in a precise beautiful cut-off. Different kinds of paper that are twice or three times more durable must the placed within the layers in order to increase the press cutting precision, long time and tradition was needed to achieve this technique.

全てセッテッングをして、0.3m mに切っていく。

4、Once 15 to 16 layers of weaving are placed, the cutting preparation is complete. The weaving paper is cut in 0.3mm thin threads.

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