How to make 〈tsuto〉 SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS


We manufacture HIGH QUALITY ORDER MADE SILK FABRICS to our customers’ requested colours and design.

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1:Fabric

NISHIJIN silk fabrics are weaved by a multiple process.
Although eleven craftsmen are in this video, so many people are involved.
Please watch this interesting process of weaving the NISHIJIN Brocade, which have been cultivated and developed in Nishijin.

NISHIJIN silk fabrics Real Gold yarn KINRAN 西陣織 本金引箔

2:Sericulture

Make raw silk from cocoons secreted by silkworms.

Nishijin Silk Fabric KINRAN Sericulture 西陣織 金襴 〈tsuto〉つと 西陣岡本

3:Cloth draft

Draw Mon meaning cloth draft for textile fabric.

Nishijin Silk Fabric KINRAN Cloth draft 西陣織 金襴 〈tsuto〉つと 西陣岡本

4:Gold leaf

To make gold yarns, lacquer Japanese paper and cover with 21 carat gold leaves.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Gold leaf yarns 西陣織 本金引箔

5:Dyeing

Dye silk yarns.Adjust colors little by little and have them dyed in the color we would like.
Slowly dry them.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Dyeing 西陣織 金襴

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Dyeing 西陣織 金襴

6:Warping

Warp the silk yarns and wind them into a warp beam (Chikiri.)
Our fabrics have about 6000 to 15000 warps at 70 cm.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Warping 西陣織 金襴

7:Joining warp

Piece the warps, which is called Tatetsugi, to change the color.
Piece the silk yarns one by one.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Joining warp 西陣織 金襴

8: Reeling

Reel the silk yarns on awooden Yarn Winder.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Reeling 西陣織 金襴

9:Quilling

Wrap the horizontal yarns (wefts) onto a thin bamboo tube called Kuda.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Quilling 西陣織 金襴

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Quilling 西陣織 金襴

10:Weaving

Weave with machine.
This is when weaving the fabric, which is interwoven with Pure Gold Foil Yarn.
Pure Gold Foil Yarns are made by pasting gold leaves on Japanese paper and slicing them.
We draw these yarns one by one and weave them.
It takes a lot of time to weave one piece.

↓ Weave by machine weave.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Weaving by machine weave 西陣織 金襴

↓ Weave by hand weave.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Weaving by hand weave 西陣織 金襴

11:Cloth inspection

Inspect the finished weaving silk fabric.
Inspections are done at least twice.
Cut and treat the edge of cloth carefully.
Remove all the lint and dust by a magnifying glass.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Cloth inspection 西陣織 金襴

12:Finishing

Process after inspected silk fabrics.
This is the lining and straightening process with glue mixed up with Funori (boiled seaweed) and Starch.
We do this process one by one with our hands.

How to make Nishijin Okamoto SILK FABRIC with GOLDEN DESIGNS Finishing 西陣織 金襴

After so many people’s hands are involved, we are able to deliver the product to you.
We are looking forward to have inquiries from you.

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