Specialized in kimonos since 1951, atelier Omiya created textile brand Sanjiku in 2012. Their signature textile is produced on large circular looms, a machine that exists today in only two examples in Kyoto. Giants with gentle gestures, these five-meter diameter looms, covered in hundreds of pins, require the constant care of surrounding artisans. The three-thread silk structure they produce, in a caned motif, produces strength, softness and lightness.
But what really distinguishes Sanjiku would have to be the subtle gradients that give the impression of dip-dyed, rather than woven, materials. This weaving method was inspired directly by ancestral Japanese plaiting, Kyokumihimo, and bobbin lace « au torchon, » first practiced in Italy. From design to product, including the creation of the patterning cards, every step is done in-house.
Photo Credits: Omiya/Sanjiku